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Dwyane Wade says he has dropped weight, ready to take on more of offense

Aug 1, 2014, 1:00 PM EDT

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When Dwyane Wade played last season, he played well — 20.8 points a game on a career best .588 true shooting percentage, with a PER still of 22. The issue was more how much he played, just 54 games. His knees are just not the same and need a lot of time off and rest, and even the three games a week pace of the NBA Finals seemed to wear his body down.

Next season Miami is going to have to ask more of him, so Wade is trying to make sure there is less of him — he’s dieting.

Wade, out as his youth camp, spoke to Ethan J. Skolnick of Bleacher Report about the upcoming season.

Dropping weight will help his knees, but only so much. He’s 32 and there’s not a lot of cartilage left. He can only do so much.

That said Wade is happy in Miami, that’s his town, and like Chris Bosh they think this team can still do a lot of damage even without LeBron James.

But that’s not what anyone wants to hear, so these are the tweets on Wade talking about LeBron James and his decision to return to Cleveland.

Wade’s ability to carry more load for Miami next season is one of the keys for that team. They need him to.

  1. sonnysuave - Aug 1, 2014 at 1:20 PM

    Wade… don’t you think you shoulda thought of dropping weight last season, when your salary was higher? Maybe the Heat woulda been 3 for 4 championships, had you carried your “weight”. Too bad you were too heavy then. How sad.

    • apkyletexas - Aug 1, 2014 at 2:03 PM

      The Spurs won by 15, 19, 21 and 17. The Heat’s personnel problems were much more of a factor than Wade’s weight – no way they were going “3 for 4”.

      • charlessb - Aug 1, 2014 at 2:14 PM

        miami was in a position to win games 1 and 5, people forget that

      • spursareold - Aug 1, 2014 at 2:54 PM

        …and the Spurs were in a position to win game 2 in 2014 and game 6 in 2013. None of those things happened. Miami won the title in 2013 and SA won in 2014. These are things that are true.

      • apkyletexas - Aug 1, 2014 at 9:44 PM

        At no point in the 4th quarter of game 5 were the Heat ever “in a position to win”. Don’t be completely absurd.

      • kclanton80 - Aug 2, 2014 at 3:51 AM

        It might not have made a difference in the heat winning the championship but wade had a responsibility to the team to be at his best. Its funny how wade and Bosh are saying they are rejuvinated and motivated without lebron.

        What was holding you back from being motivated while he was there? Man wait until they see how rough it is without Lebron. People are saying the heat are still one of the easts top teams…. I dont see it.

  2. cbking05 - Aug 1, 2014 at 1:43 PM

    He gave up ugly chicks last year … this year it’s junk food….it’s a step by step process

    • sportsfan18 - Aug 1, 2014 at 1:47 PM

      and he will now give up being a top flight player in the league (due to his knees)

      he’s been great, better than folks think, has great career stats

      but his knees won’t allow him to be near the top of the game anymore.

      it isn’t his heart and his work ethic, but knees that won’t let him is all.

      • reesesteel23 - Aug 1, 2014 at 2:24 PM

        Smh…Said the same thing after 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and the same thing will be said for 2014-15 season. When his PLAY actually Starts declining, you and everyone else that make these yearly predictions will think you’re a genius.

      • eugenesaxe1 - Aug 1, 2014 at 4:03 PM

        His play IS declining, as he is doing less and less of it. Pretty numbers don’t do anybody any good if he’s holding down the bench.

  3. robigd - Aug 1, 2014 at 1:55 PM

    I am curious if it is the dead weight he dropped.

  4. mogogo1 - Aug 1, 2014 at 3:03 PM

    Smart move. But is it really something to brag about that he’s now under what he was for camp in 2013? That’s not every long ago and he’s a professional athlete who has tons of people who are supposed be helping him stay in shape.

    And maybe I’m in the minority, but I don’t think they really need all that much extra out of Wade in terms of production. He already was averaging 20 per game, while Bosh was at 16. Bosh is the guy who really needs to take more of the load. Realistically, Wade can only get another basket or two per game. They’re going to have problems if Wade decides he wants to average 30 or something like that.

    • spursareold - Aug 1, 2014 at 3:26 PM

      What Miami needs out of Wade is more GAMES. They wore out LeBron last year covering for his 20+ missed games. They can’t do that to Bosh. Even if it means fewer minutes and reduced stats at the same efficiency level, he needs to play more than 61 games.

      • spursareold - Aug 1, 2014 at 3:28 PM

        What Miami needs out of Wade is more GAMES. They wore out LeBron last year covering for his 20+ missed games. They can’t do that to Bosh. Even if it means fewer minutes and reduced stats at the same efficiency level, he needs to play more than 54 games.

    • eugenesaxe1 - Aug 1, 2014 at 4:06 PM

      Somebody had to take a back seat when LBJ was driving. Now he’s gone. Bosh will carry more than he did last year, because no way in Hell is wade making up the difference.

  5. duhwighthoward - Aug 1, 2014 at 3:18 PM

    He’s fat. He’s going to have to play center for the Heat.

  6. antistratfordian - Aug 1, 2014 at 3:22 PM

    Good move. Of course Miami could’ve used this sort of dedication last year… but the past is the past. Wade needed something to motivate him again and now he has it. I think he’s going to have a good year.

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