Sep 21, 2013, 2:01 PM EDT
The past two seasons, the Miami Heat have won the NBA title in spite of Dwyane Wade’s knees.
He hobbled through the past two playoff runs, showing only flashes of his vintage self (a game here, a quarter there, but usually when it was most needed). After the 2012 title Wade had surgery on his knee to clean everything up, that wasn’t enough.
After this last season, Pat Riley challenged Wade to lose some weight, taking some load off his knees. He apparently has taken that to heart according to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst.
We know that Wade has again been working out with famed trainer Tim Grover in Chicago of late.
The Heat’s road to a three-peat will be harder than the last two — for one reason, their main rivals in the East have all improved — and come the playoffs the Heat will need every bit of vintage Wade to make it.
He and his knees have got to be right come the playoffs, even if that means more rest during the season.
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