Miami Heat

Age, sore back putting a crimp in Dwyane Wade’s farewell tour

Miami Heat Dwyane Wade charges the basket as Cleveland Cavaliers LeBron James defends in the first quarter at the AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami, Florida, March 27, 2018.
Miami Heat Dwyane Wade charges the basket as Cleveland Cavaliers LeBron James defends in the first quarter at the AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami, Florida, March 27, 2018. ctrainor@miamiherald.com

Dwyane Wade wants to play in every NBA city one last time in his farewell season.

His body won’t let him.

Wade sat out Friday’s game against the Grizzlies -- the Heat’s only visit to Memphis this season -- with a sore lower back that has been bothering him since before the team departed Miami for a six-game road trip.

“You go to these cities where we only play one time and you definitely want to play,” Wade said before the Heat faced the Grizzlies on Friday. “But it’s not going to get any better playing tonight. I’m just going to hurt the team out there.”

Whether he plays Sunday in New Orleans remains to be seen.

“Old,” came Wade’s reply when asked what ailed him. “Old, as an athlete.”

Wade is 36, will turn 37 in January.

He made it through the first part of his farewell tour in Phoenix, Los Angeles and Salt Lake City.

But just barely.

Wade said he first started experiencing back pain when Heat’s final home series before heading out on the road. The problem didn’t improve any out West, and he said he intended to skip the Clippers game on Saturday because of it.

“I wasn’t going to play the Clippers game,” Wade said. “But we were down Goran (Dragic) and J-Rich (Josh Richardson), and I ended up playing, ended up playing a lot of minutes too, and we got the win.”

Wade played 31 points and scored 25 points against the Clippers, sore back and all.

He managed to play just 18 minutes and scored only six points on Wednesday in Utah, though.

On Friday, he didn’t show up for the morning shoot around because Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said he was “not feeling well.” By Friday night, Wade was a no-go.

“My back has been bothering me,” Wade acknowledged. “This whole trip it’s been bothering me. I’ve been playing through it. (But I) woke up this morning very tight. It just hurts. It isn’t going in and out like a spasm. It’s just there. Tight.”

Next comes the Heat’s only visit of the season to New Orleans and Wade isn’t sure he’ll be able to play against the Pelicans.

“Sunday? We’ll see how it feels,” Wade said. “Obviously you want to play through things in the NBA. But I can’t do much right now.”

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