With growing concerns about Dwyane Wade’s knees is it possible that the Miami Heat put some kind of restriction on their star? Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel talked about this today and said it won’t be easy to do but is possible.
Q: What’s your take with Dwayne Wade’s recurring health issues and why isn’t anything being discussed or done in the offseason? — Luis, Miami.
A: If you think the Heat medical, training and coaching staffs aren’t coming up with a course of action for next season, you’re fooling yourself. Plenty is being discussed this offseason to make sure that Dwyane’s health doesn’t create doubts with the rest of the roster (as 2014 free agency looms). Will Dwyane embrace sitting out the second nights of back-to-backs or even a set number of games? I doubt it. And it would be a difficult spot to put Erik Spoelstra in, having him issue such edicts. Ultimately, I think it becomes a Pat Riley issue, with Riley to establish a course of action through consultation with Wade and the coaching staff. (South Florida Sun Sentinel)
It’s definitely a sticky situation as Wade still performs at a very high level. In 2012, he averaged 21.2 points, 5 rebounds, and 5.1 assists over 34:36 minutes per game. What kind of restrictions do you put?
Do you force him to sit out the occasional game? When a player performs like that it would be hard to convince him to do so. The occasional “day of rest” on back-to-back or a day of rest during a three games in five day stretch might be a little more plausible. I say a little because there is no way Wade would agree to sitting out the second game of every back-to-back.
One thing that could work well for the Heat is a minutes restriction, maybe drop him down to a 25-27 minutes per game. You’d still have him in the lineup daily but you’d also be giving him a few more minutes of rest a night. A very deep team like the Heat would easily be able to replace that production during the regular season.
Regardless of what they decide the Heat are in between a rock and a hard place right now. It will be interesting to see what Pat Riley does here.
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