Picture Dwyane Wade cutting across the lane with his back to the basket and putting up a hook shot of the backboard for the first score of not only the game but also his first back-to-back contest since his failed attempt two months ago.
That image alone is something that was not expected until around somewhere near February, maybe March due to maintenance to preserve his troublesome knees after offseason shockwave therapy. So, it was weird to hear what the Miami Heat guard had to say the afternoon after Saturday night’s Orlando Magic game:
“There’s no guarantees,” Wade said via the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. “But there’s got to come a point where I feel comfortable with trying it. So I thought this would be a good time.”
This is great news for any Heat fan from China to South Beach, but of course the skeptic in me figured that there was an ulterior motive for him wanting to get back on the court more often. And no it has nothing to do with the controversy in his personal life.
I immediately thought that Wade was setting up this test run to make sure that he was ready for this week’s Madison Square Garden and Barclays Center visits.
For most people, it became the norm to look at the schedule and try to predict which bout of a two-game set he would sit out. And with all the love that NBA players show for suiting up in the Garden, the New York Knicks definitely did not look like the one to miss. Especially since this matchup versus the Brooklyn Nets will likely only feature Mikhail Prokhorov’s squad wearing the nickname jerseys.
However, the likelihood of seeing Wade play the New York City double-header is still a mystery.
“[Monday] is a big day to get some rest and get some treatment and hopefully feel good on Tuesday,” Wade said via ESPN. “That’s going to be my biggest test, I think.”
It’s safe to say that with three games in four nights, every D-Wade status will read day-to-day.