Off the court, Wade is now under Li Ning’s shoe umbrella after leaving Nike’s Jordan brand. On the court, he started training camp with Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra, taking a cautious approach to his play due to his off season knee surgery.
That approach has seen Wade play limited minutes after his preseason debut against the Los Angeles Clippers in Beijing on Oct. 11. As Wade has improved with each game, Spoelstra has loosened the leash on him. On Oct. 18, that leash was completely let go against the Detroit Pistons.
In a game where Spoelstra said he was going to play him to exhaustion, Wade played his best preseason game and showed that his progress from his surgery is moving along nicely in just 23 minutes of play.
Wade wanted to test his legs against Detroit to get back on rhythm and it showed. His shot is coming back. His elevation is almost completely back. Most importantly, his quickness looks to be completely back. Wade finished the game with a preseason high 21 points for him.
There was much concern about Wade possibly starting to decline during last season’s Eastern Conference semifinals series against the Indiana Pacers. That concern continued through his surgery.
Wade is making sure now that those concerns are put to rest. If this trend continues, the NBA may have to be put on notice about the Heat being a more dangerous team coming into the 2012-13 season.