“It’s a big year for me and I want to make sure I left no question in my mind,” Wade told the Miami Herald on Tuesday night. “When I’m healthy, I want to feel and play at my best.”
He’s already apparently a little on edge about the season, or maybe just ready to get started.
About an hour after his interview with the Herald, Wade got into a social-media tiff with Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder. Durant started the fun during an interview with Noah Coslov on CineSport.com.
Coslov asked Durant who was missing from the top 10 player rankings by SI.com’s NBA blog, “Point Forward.” Durant said James Harden was missing and that Harden should take Wade’s place. (Wade was eighth, ahead of fellow shooting guards Kobe Bryant [ninth] and Harden [11th]).
Wade caught wind of Durant’s perceived disrespect and crafted his reply on a piece of paper, making sure to note the date “9-24-13.” He then posted the message on Instagram: “Kevin Durant said James Harden should replace me in the Top 10 …Note to self * Make him respect your place in history … again …” Wade and the Heat defeated Durant and the Thunder in five games in the 2012 NBA Finals.
Wade will get his chance as history teacher Jan. 29 when the Heat plays the Thunder at AmericanAirlines Arena.
Wade expects the knee to be 100 percent by then, but it might not be completely ready for the start of the season. He’ll ease himself into training camp beginning Tuesday after having OssaTron shock wave therapy on his knee this summer. Wade played with two deep bone bruises on his knee during the 2013 playoffs but fought through the discomfort to help lead the Heat to back-to-back titles. The OssaTron treatment was to increase blood flow and simulate healing.
Wade rested for a month after the treatment and then began working out with Tim Grover, one his go-to personal trainers. By the looks of pictures Wade has posted of himself on Instagram, he has heeded the advice offered by Pat Riley and will report to camp thinner than last year. On Tuesday, Wade said he’s not worried about his “weight or anything like that.”
“For me, it’s about I play my best when I’m pain free,” he said. “I’m better than I expected at this point, but I’m not where I want to be either.”
"A Night on the RunWade" is Thursday from 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. at The Moore Building in the Design District. For ticket information, contact Kiley Lapointe at Kiley@agency21consult ing.com or call 305-529-9506 ext. 5. Proceeds from the event will benefit Wade’s World Foundation.