Is Dwyane Wade Really As Injured As He Says He Is Right Now?
Remember when Dwyane Wade used to make headlines for playing basketball? Yeah, us either. It’s been more than a week now since D-Wade last suited up for the Miami Heat and, from the sound of things, it could be a couple more weeks before we see him in action again. Why? Well, according to Wade himself, he’s still struggling to get his injured right knee back to 100 percent. So, he’s waiting for it to heal. And, in the meantime, Wade isn’t planning on playing basketball—even if it means that he doesn’t take the court again until the start of the 2013 NBA Playoffs.
“The most important thing is to be healthy,” he said on Sunday. “So, when I feel it, then I’ll get back on the court. Obviously, I want to play. But I have to make sure that I’m right. You have to get healthy…We took care of business, so we were able to say, ‘We have these injuries, so let’s take care of it now and be smart.’ I would love to be playing right now. As a player, if you get a couple of days off, you want to get back to it. But, I’m just trying to be smart with my doctors. When I feel like I can get back on the floor, then I will.”
Sounds valid enough, right? After all the, Heat have secured the top seed in the Eastern Conference and appear to be headed towards clinching the best record in the NBA. So, there’s no need for Wade to rush back. But, is he really as injured as he says he is—or is he just saying he is to get a nice long break to allow his body to heal?
The truth is that it’s probably a little bit of both. If he had to play today, Wade could probably do it. In fact, he could do it. It’s not like he has torn cartilage in his knee or anything. It’s simply sore. But, at the same time, he’s going to milk that for all it’s worth and take advantage of the fact that he’s on the same team as LeBron James and Chris Bosh. Does it shortchange the fans a little bit and rob them of a chance to see Wade play? Of course. But, it’s also something that will give the Heat an edge in the playoffs and make them better in the long run.
We just hope Wade doesn’t allow himself to get too rusty sitting on the bench. Because, if he does, that could be the most painful thing to come out of this entire situation.