Dwyane Wade played with knee pain throughout the playoffs. He’ll shortly know precisely what was causing that problem, and if it might keep him out of the London Olympic Games. Football lines
One day after celebrating his 2nd NBA championship, the Miami Heat claimed that he shortly will have his ailing left knee examined, and acknowledges that surgery may be a possibility. Wade appeared in all 23 postseason games for Miami, averaging 22.8 points, and scored 20 in the title-clinching win for the Heat against Oklahoma City.
“I’ve got to make a call on what my knee needs and what’s best, because my career and finishing my career strong is what’s important to me,” Wade recounted. “And I know, yes, the Olympic Games are coming up. It’s something I really need to do. But at the same time, if I should make a significant decision, if anything has to occur surgery-wise, that will have to be a step I must take. My fidelity and my dedication to Miami Heat basketball is the No. 1 thing.”
An MRI examination likely will happen in the next few days. Wade had the knee drained during Miami’s 2nd-round series against Indiana.
“From my small conversations with the doctor at that time, I think a kind of cleanup process may have to go on,” Wade claimed. “And when that happens, from our previous experiences, it needs a while to recover. So I would like to make sure that I want to recover strong and not like I did the last knee surgery that I had.”
Wade had surgery on his left knee in May 2007. He led the Americans in scoring at the Beijing Olympic Games, averaging 16 points despite coming off the bench in all 8 games.
USA Basketball plans to have the national team convene in Las Vegas and for training camp to start there on July 6. From there, the American team will go to Washington to start training on July 13, with more sessions beginning July 17 in Manchester, England, and July 20 in Barcelona.
The time demands may be alarming, especially with this NBA season ending a bit later than normal because of schedule changes needed by the lockout.
“This is the hand that’s dealt to us,” Wade recounted. “And I’m going to take this hand; I’m not going to complain and I’m going to step forward.”
Wade said Heat doctors and trainers worked with him to get methods of ensuring that playing in the postseason would not make whatever the knee problem is any worse. He also spent some time with his longtime coach, Tim Grover.
“You know what, I was playing in a large amount of pain,” Wade said. “Clearly, my knee has been a problem. I sat down with the doctors a bit during the Indiana series and talked about the chance of what’s to come. But I didn’t want to give it some thought then. I said, ‘Listen, let just do what we need to do to make sure that I’ll give my all.’ And they did that. I thank them for that.”