Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade, who has missed the past six games with a hamstring injury, said Tuesday he will skip Sunday’s All-Star Game in New York and that it wouldn’t be smart for him to play Wednesday in Cleveland, the Heat’s final game before the break.
“I felt like this was best,” Wade said. “I wasn’t going to play much either way. I think with the circumstances, the smartest thing to do is let someone else come in and really enjoy the All-Star experience. ... I think I owe it to the Heat fans to at least play in a Heat jersey first than go out there in the All-Star Game and play a couple minutes.”
Atlanta’s Kyle Korver was named Wade’s replacement on the East roster.
Wednesday’s game will be the Heat’s 52nd this season and the 17th Wade has missed.
“It’s going to be an interesting second half of the season for us, because we’ve got something to play for,” Wade said. “We’ll see how we respond.”