Yesterday at a press conference Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra told the media some expected news regarding long time franchise player Dwyane Wade.
Spoelstra told reporters that Wade will see limited activity early in camp, which starts tomorrow. He also didn’t guarantee that Wade would be ready for Miami’s 20012-13 NBA season opener against the Boston Celtics earlier today in the team’s official pre season media day conference.
Wade is recovering from a July 9 surgery after playing much of last season’s playoffs with knee problems. He has missed the 2012 London Olympics due to the surgery. Wade has spent the off season mainly rehabilitating along with promoting his book ‘A Father First: How My Life Became Bigger Than Basketball’ through book store signings and television show appearances. He has just recently stepped back on the court.
The Heat are taking a cautious approach when it comes to Wade’s expected return to the court. Wade has had various injuries throughout his nine year career. Miami is not completely worried about any rust Wade might show once he comes back. The Heat are making sure that he gets back to the court as healthy as possible.
Should Wade have to miss the season opener, Miami has a good backup to take his place in Ray Allen. Despite coming off ankle surgery himself, Allen has been in Miami for three weeks already getting ready for camp. If Allen does start the season opener it will add a bit more drama to the game since he has to face his former Celtics teammates for the first time.
Miami is playing it safe with Wade. With Allen in the fold they can actually afford to now.