For Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade, this offseason marks somewhat of a turning point in his career.
Concerns about his knee have peaked, leaving many to say that the Heat’s chances of a three-peat rest not of LeBron James’ supreme ability, Chris Bosh’s story arc of finding a role on the team or a supporting cast of three-point shooting hustlers.
I believe that to be an over reaction spawned by lack on interest in the Heat’s offseason (yes, they signed Greg Oden and Michael Beasley, but that was more of a shot of intrigue than a nice, long draft).
However, his conditioning is more important to the future of his own career than it is to the Heat organization. And it will be every summer going forward for the 31-year-old future Hall of Famer.
According to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst, Wade has slimmed down.
Based on photos Dwyane Wade has been posting lately, it appears he has dropped significant weight as he said was his summer plan.
— Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) September 21, 2013
You might say: “Well, he is basing this on pictures, Wes. I want numbers dammit! Get that man on a scale!”
I would reply: “Calm down, dude. No need to cuss. But I agree, man.”
Windhorst knows this team though, and if he says Wade has slimmed down then I believe it.
Obviously, a slimmer Wade means less weight on his knees. Going forward with that assumption (and it is an assumption), it also means that we may see more jump shooting like we saw from LeBron James after he lost weight last season.
In all, not much to make of this. It was just a Tweet. But still, when all of Heat nation is looking at your knees, I guess it is important.