Why Miami Heat Training Camp is Not Important for Dwyane Wade

By Shane Phillips
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We have listened to the over-analysis of Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade, his health, troublesome knees and lackluster playoff performance all summer. Now thanks to recent social media events and Kevin Durant, Wade and his stardom are under a stronger microscope, but GM Pat Riley and Miami should be cautious in their approach to “Flash”.

2013 NBA training camps are scheduled to open early next week as teams will have roughly a month to prepare for opening night. Training camp should be last on the list of “things to do” for Wade. After all, he is a star and his work ethic has never been in question. Neither has his will to play at the highest level, and his health plays a vital role in Miami’s quest for a three-peat.

At the beginning of the summer, Wade underwent OssaTron shock treatment for the second time in his career. The treatment was to help deal with the bone bruises and tendinitis that plagued his knees during last season’s playoffs.

Early this week, the Miami Herald reported Wade’s status as “day-to-day” and that the All-Star guard was not as healthy as he wanted to be.

Sure, there is some added pressure from Durant and Wade’s response to the Oklahoma City Thunder star, but the main focus is winning another title. It is a long and tedious 82 game schedule, and Wade’s health is most critical come April.

There should not be any rush or timetable for Wade’s return. Even if he is ready for the opener against the Chicago Bulls there should be a sense of caution and patience. If Wade rushes back to action and his knees don’t hold up, the Heat can watch their title hopes sink into the ice cold water soaking Wade’s crumbling knees.

Honestly, the Southeast Division is pathetic compared to Miami, and the rest of the East may be somewhat over-hyped. The Heat and head coach Erik Spoelstra will have plenty of opportunities to win and rest Wade.

It is not the end of the world if Wade misses the start of the season or misses a week here or a week there. What matters is that Wade and his knees are ready to go when it counts. I would advise that Riley, Spoelstra and Wade take a little bit of advice from Derrick Rose and don’t rush the return. If it means that Wade should skip training camp then so be it. As Allen Iverson would say, “we’re talking about practice”.

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