Dwyane Wade was unable to go in the Miami Heat's preseason opener against the Atlanta Hawks. The 30-year old guard has been recovering from arthroscopic knee surgery he had in the offseason. He hopes to be able to play in the team's exhibition game in China tomorrow, though.
According to Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel, Wade will attempt to play Thursday. She said an appearance by Wade would be particularly important since he just signed a deal with the Chinese shoe company Li-Ning. The most important thing for Wade, though, is getting back on the court to prepare for the regular season.
"If I continue to respond the way it is, and my trainers and doctors give me a go-ahead to play, I would love to get out there and at least play at least some minutes, try to get my conditioning."Wade battled through the left knee injury throughout the 2012 postseason. Despite the injury, Wade and the Miami Heat were able to fulfill their promise of bringing a championship to South Beach. The Heat beat the Oklahoma City Thunder in the Finals to take home the championship. Wade was clearly bothered by the knee in the Finals, but he managed to play through it.
In his career, Wade has averaged 25.2 points per game and 4.6 assists per game. He is a perennial All-Star and has already led the Heat to two championships in his time there. Last season, Wade averaged 22.1 points per game alongside LeBron James and Chris Bosh. His health will play a major role in the Heat's ability to defend their title this season. This team was built around Wade and built to compete for multiple championships, but injuries could derail that at any time.