Miami Heat All-Star Dwyane Wade may not be ready to participate in any preseason games this year as he's still recovering from arthroscopic surgery on his left knee. Wade underwent the surgical procedure on July 9 and the initial timetable for recovery was four to six weeks.
But according to an ESPN report, Wade still isn't where he needs to be and will likely miss Miami's preseason games. But the team is optimistic he'll be ready to play in their Oct. 30 season opener:
"We'll just have to see how much he can do," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. "We'd like to put him in a position to be able to play regular-season games and be ready for Game 1."
Wade had been bothered by the knee for much of last season and was forced to have it drained on several occasions, including the playoffs. The injury made it clear that he was not the same player as before as he averaged 22.1 points during the regular season while playing just 33 minutes per game. The Heat haven't given a set timetable for when he'll be able to return to action, and for his part, Wade is just being patient, staying focused and keeping a positive mindset. "I've been here before, you don't have to go around the block to get next door," said Wade, who had left knee surgery in 2008. "My focus is Oct. 30. I'm not going to be ready for the Finals today."