It’s no secret that Dwyane Wade is getting older, not the “’06 Flash” anymore, and has been fighting to remain healthy for the past two seasons. Now as Miami heads into another season, Wade is potentially heading into another 82+ game battle between his heart and his health. The will and heart of Wade is almost never in question; his durability is. Will this be another season in which fans are asking for too long: Where’s Wade-though?
Over the summer, Wade underwent OssaTron shockwave surgery to treat the tendinitis in his knees. He also went through a rigorous six-week routine with trainer Tim Grover. By all accounts, Wade went into training camp in great shape. While that gives fans hope, when can we realistically make an expectation to see the return of “W.O.W”?
He made his preseason debut on Thursday night against the Pistons and finished with 8 points and 4 assists in 21 minutes. On Friday night, he was DNP against the Bobcats. Of course this is simply the preseason but I don’t think it’s reasonable to expect him to be in good and flowing health until earliest, Christmas time. My guess is that he will start to loosen up and get it really rolling sometime between mid-January and closer to the All-Star Break.
Wade told the Sun-Sentinel on Friday that he doesn’t plan to regularly miss back-to-back during the season. However, with next summer being so important, Wade really shouldn’t wreck out. He would be better off slowly but surely getting to where he needs to be to maximize the energy and efficiency he can provide in the post season than to try to prove too much too soon.
Of course there will be those who will criticize right off the bat. But anyone who has watched the real Way of Wade knows that you’re only sparking a flame that’s bound to ignite if you underestimate him. But hey: Bring on the heat!