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Tim Grover trying to get Dwyane Wade right during finals

Jun 19, 2012, 1:06 PM EDT

Dwyane Wade (C) of the Miami Heat passes Getty Images

You know Tim Grover as the guy who made his name as Michael Jordan’s personal trainer. Now he’s kind of an NBA fitness guru and countless elite players make the pilgrimage to his Chicago gym to work out.

Dwayne Wade is one of those guys, and right now he could use the help — clearly slowed by his knee that is not right he has not been himself these finals. So he has called Grover (who had been in Los Angeles working with Kobe Bryant), reports Ethan Skolnick at the Palm Beach Post.

With Bryant’s permission, Grover flew to South Florida, arriving on Saturday, watching Game 3 of the NBA Finals from AmericanAirlines Arena on Sunday night, scheduled to stay a few days to work on Wade’s body and mind.

It is no secret that Wade’s lower legs – especially his left knee – have been bothering him throughout the playoffs. It is also not a secret that some in the organization were less than thrilled with the basketball condition in which Wade arrived to training camp this season, though Wade recently said he believed his offseason program had served him well during the lockout-compressed schedule.

I’m not sure how much he can help right now, but he doesn’t have to help much — just enough to get the Heat two more wins.

After these finals, don’t expect to see Wade in the Olympics.

  1. shockexchange - Jun 19, 2012 at 1:33 PM

    Wade’s poor play has “dimmed his light” in Miami.

    • ewyorksockexchange - Jun 19, 2012 at 3:12 PM

      If wade’s light has dimmed in Miami, it’s because lebron and bosh are showing up big in these finals. It’s not all because of his poor play, I think most people can see that he’s not right physically and won’t hold that against him.

  2. miamatt - Jun 19, 2012 at 1:57 PM

    At this time of year it really is just about fighting through and coaxing two more strong performances out of a player’s body. Wade has brought great tenacity to this series, but his close range misses speak to some level of explosion missing from the way he elevates and extends through contact.

    No excuses, Wade needs to find a way to make those shots.

    But he will miss the Olympics and I’m betting on arthroscopic knee surgery within 2 weeks of the NBA season ending.

  3. cantonbound13 - Jun 19, 2012 at 2:06 PM

    Wade is breaking down. Now he’s just a flopper & complainer.

    • edweird0 - Jun 19, 2012 at 3:25 PM

      Much like k

    • edweird0 - Jun 19, 2012 at 3:25 PM

      Much like kobe, no?

  4. truthhurtstoo - Jun 19, 2012 at 2:27 PM

    nevermakingcanton- more pointless drivel from you. The 2006 MVP has something wrong with him but still helps his team win. Something you know nothing about clearly… for all your complaints.

    • cantonbound13 - Jun 19, 2012 at 2:34 PM

      2006 MVP???? What about Tim Donaghy?

      • edweird0 - Jun 19, 2012 at 3:26 PM

        He obviously meant finals MVP jacka$$

      • canehouse - Jun 19, 2012 at 4:23 PM

        you’re such a slack jawed drolling rube… all you do is Troll… i am sorry I am not sure what dog you have in the fight?

  5. 93warchant - Jun 19, 2012 at 2:59 PM

    Dwayne Wade = point shaver.

  6. thestudiokida - Jun 19, 2012 at 7:28 PM

    I love Dwyane Wade’s game and the fire in his belly. His philosophy seems to be: If you can’t be good at everything be great at a few things. He entered the league as an atrocious shooter, a huge disadvantage for a 6’1″ shooting guard, and he’ll leave as a subpar shooter. He knew he’d never transform into the model 2-guard so he attacked relentlessly and developed a handful of unpredictable moves. Now comes the inevitable landslide where all the punishment doled onto his body catches up to him… and he still can’t shoot.

    I imagine he’ll ride it out with the Heat for another couple seasons, playing 30 minutes and scoring 18 a game. His decline may benefit the Heat since Wade can no longer go alpha dog on LeBron. It’s LBJ’s team now; let’s see what he does with it!

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