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Dwyane Wade has dropped weight, will that help his knees?

Sep 21, 2013, 2:01 PM EDT

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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.

  1. miamatt - Sep 21, 2013 at 3:11 PM

    It’ll be interesting to see if this sticks. Wade and Riley have “agreed to disagree” on this issue in past years, with Wade wanting to carry more weight to withstand the pounding, and Riley wanting Wade to save his knees by playing lighter.

    All I know is that Wade tends to show his best when he is counted out the most. I sure wouldn’t bet against him.

  2. jzone954 - Sep 21, 2013 at 3:14 PM

    Wade will be fine…..

    • program33 - Sep 21, 2013 at 3:27 PM

      but will the Heat be fine?

    • antistratfordian - Sep 21, 2013 at 8:07 PM

      Why wouldn’t the Heat be fine?

      Don’t let the finals fool you – it was only a series because LeBron had reverted to his old ways of over-thinking on offense when they concede long jumpers (something he didn’t do in the regular season). In Game 7 he just let it fly. He learned his lesson the hard way. The Heat won’t see another close series when LeBron starts playing that way from Game 1.

      • trueballs - Sep 22, 2013 at 12:35 PM

        The Spurs deserve a lot more credit for how they defended LeBron. I don’t think he was over-thinking anything…he was right to avoid shooting long twos and threes for most of the series – that’s exactly what they wanted. His “over-thinking” was the reason the Heat blew them out in games 2 and 4. Let’s not kid ourselves – if Wade was even 80% of himself the Heat would have won in 6.

        A smart competitor understands they have to pace themselves. If LBJ went into games 1-5 with the same mentality as game 7, the Spurs would be champs. Actually, if the Spurs didn’t choke in epic fashion they’d be the champs.

      • antistratfordian - Sep 22, 2013 at 5:12 PM

        “The Spurs deserve a lot more credit for how they defended LeBron.”

        Not really. They only defended him exactly like they did in 2007 – and basically how a lot of teams try to defend LeBron.

        ” If LBJ went into games 1-5 with the same mentality as game 7, the Spurs would be champs.”

        Nah. Miami would not have lost either of their first two games at home. Series won in 6. It’s not like it’s physically or mentally draining to shoot jumpers when they’re playing off you.

  3. cbking05 - Sep 21, 2013 at 3:51 PM

    I’m sure when he gets in his knees he’ll be fine…it’s really all about the lips

  4. antistratfordian - Sep 21, 2013 at 4:24 PM

    And D.Rose has been gaining weight… wonder how that’s going to work out.

    In any case, this is a good move for Wade, and not just for his knees, but I think as he ages it will generally help keep him spry.

  5. jzone954 - Sep 21, 2013 at 5:00 PM

    If Miami Stay healthy , I don’t see anybody in the east beating them…..not saying it couldn’t happen…..but I’ll take my chances with the 4 time MVP in those situations. It’s going to be a great year, and Miami had a chance to do something truly amazing in any sport winning 3 times in a row. And if Wade is healthy……If Bosh continues to do what he is asked….Beasley and Oden are just the bonus

  6. eugenesaxe1 - Sep 21, 2013 at 6:13 PM

    The weight isn’t the issue. Basketball takes a toll on the knees/ankles by its very nature. Yeah, dropping a few pounds can’t hurt, but it won’t help in any significant way.

    • sprint32 - Sep 21, 2013 at 7:13 PM

      15 pound of pressure of his knees is significant. By your comment I can tell you never played sports or any real level

  7. kingwithringz - Sep 21, 2013 at 6:35 PM

    Wade is gonna have an MVP type year watch.

  8. tampajoey - Sep 22, 2013 at 9:25 AM

    Dwyane Wade’s knees should be fine since Lebron took over his team a couple years ago and has been carrying Wade on his back ever since.

    • trueballs - Sep 22, 2013 at 12:39 PM

      It’s amazing…you’d think LeBron coming to town would’ve extend Wade’s career, but somehow it did exactly the opposite. But I still expect a big year from Wade.

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