Is Dwyane Wade’s Career Coming To An End?
Dwyane Wade‘s 2013-14 season has become a parade of injuries and a constant concern as to whether he’ll play, night in and night out. The knee injuries that have plagued him are becoming increasingly more alarming as the season progresses and, while Wade may not admit to it, perhaps this is a deeper issue than preserving him for the season.
When asked about becoming a sixth man, Wade shut down those talks immediately. He said to USA Today…
“I haven’t came off the bench since the ’08 Olympics and I haven’t came off the bench in Miami since my rookie year (2003-04), (when he was) coming back from injury,” Wade said. “I asked (Spoelstra) to do that (against the Spurs), but I didn’t ask him to take me out of the starting lineup for the whole year … We can quit that conversation right now. It was just something right there (in) that game. I’ll get back to my role with this team tomorrow.”
No matter what he says, the chronic knee injuries have hampered him all season and are not showing signs of letting up. If this were a college basketball season, we might not have much to worry about. But considering that the NBA season consists of 82 games and the addition of the playoffs, one has to wonder what kind of value Wade will hold in the future.
Although Wade has been a premiere perimeter player since entering the league, he’s reaching that point where he becomes more of a headache to manage if his knee problems do not let up. When he’s on, he’s amazing. But the Heat need him more than 1/3 of the NBA season. Let’s assume that the Pacers end up beating the Heat in the NBA Playoffs this year. It will become obvious that changes will need to be made and Wade just might be the one on the trading block.
If he were to end up on another team, there is no LeBron James that can shoulder the load while a team tries to figure out if Wade can play every night. His value will take a hit, his playing time will decrease and we have to wonder how much longer Wade will be an elite player in the NBA.
Could this be the beginning of the end?