Monday , Jul , 09 , 2012 Matt Formica

Dwyane Wade’s Knee Surgery Successful

Dwyane Wade’s Knee Surgery Successful

Just about an hour ago, Dwyane Wade, my favorite player in the NBA, took to his Twitter account to announce that the knee surgery he underwent this morning was a success.

Hoopsvibe’s Quick Call:  Look out.  Dwyane Wade will be fully healthy and ready for another championship run next season.

“2 every1 who have bn waiting 2 hear…iam doing fine after my surgery this morning..I’m in gr8 hands..thanks 4 all your concern/prayers,” Wade tweeted.

Wade underwent surgery on his left knee Monday morning and it was reported that doctors did not find anything unexpected.  The surgery went well and his recovery time is set for six to eight weeks.  Unfortunately, the Heat star will not be able to participate in this summer’s Olympics in London, however; the good news for Heat fans is that he will be healthy and ready for the 2012-13 season.

According to various outlets, Wade’s knee had been bothering him all season long.  He told Rachel Nichols in the Sunday Conversation that he had swelling that was “constant.”  He told Nichols how he was constantly undergoing treatments before, during and after games just to keep the swelling down.  “Especially guarding Russell Westbrook,” he said as he chuckled to himself.  “You gotta be able to move.” 

He even had to get fluid drained at one point during the Heat’s second-round playoff series against the Pacers.

Most people who have followed Dwyane Wade’s career over the years could see he was a slightly different player this year.  Not taking anything away from Wade at all – he still ended up winning his second NBA Championship, averaging 22.6 points per game in the Finals series against the Thunder.  Pretty amazing numbers when you consider that the guy was playing on a bum knee.  But his 22.1 ppg average this past season was more than three points lower per game than the 25.5 he averaged in the 2010-11 season prior (which was his first season playing alongside Lebron James and Chris Bosh).  While Wade has never come out and said his play may have suffered a little this year, I think it’s fair to say playing on an injured knee makes things a little more challenging.

Knowing that just makes me like Wade even more.  There’s no critic out there that can argue that Dwyane Wade isn’t a competitor.  The high level of respect I had for him before has exponentially increased since knowing how he was able to tough out an injury (for who knows how long) and eventually help his team win a title.  And never at any point did any of us outside the organization have a clue how injured he was.  He never complained; he just kept working hard and playing his game. 

Now he has plenty of recovery time before next season and should be at full health in no time. 

If the Heat could win the championship with an injured D-Wade this year, I imagine they’ll be a pretty tough team to beat the next.

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