Even bending to put on shorts required an adjustment, and he said “X-rays can’t tell how much pain you’re in. Only you know.”
Asked if he might be receptive to playing fewer minutes or sitting out the second night of back-to-back games to help preserve his knees, Wade said: “I’m not getting into what people say I should do. I want to be on the court.
“[But] I’m not stubborn or close-minded. I will always listen and talk to Pat Riley and coach [Erik Spoelstra] about how I’m feeling. But I want to be on the floor.”
Wade said he would not change his style to try to reduce the risk of injury. Of attacking the basket, he said: “I am going to do that,” then said it again to emphasize the point.
But he also said: “Every year something changes in the way I have to play with this team and [I’m] prepared for whatever coach asks me to do. It could be more, hopefully not less, than previous years.”
He said he will continue to shoot midrange shots “until I stop playing the game,” and wants to continue to post up more often.
During the Finals, the Spurs did not double team him a lot and even attempted to have center Tiago Splitter defend him briefly before coach Gregg Popovich thought better of it.
Wade said that did not offend him: “I welcome it,” and that he feels “capable of beating most guys one on one, especially when they put their bigs on us.”
Wade said the Heat’s competition “on paper” is the most formidable since the Big Three came together “but you never know until you get into the season. The East obviously has gotten stronger. Brooklyn did something unprecedented to put five All-Star players on the floor at one time.
“Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett... bring something the [Nets] were missing in the sense of winning and toughness. You see a lot of teams in the league just trying to get better. Right now, we’re the standard. We’ve won two in a row. Teams are putting teams together to try to stop that. It was a great summer for the NBA.”