Last season, the Miami Heat and Dwyane Wade had a plan.
Wade was going to sit out intelligently at various moments throughout the regular season in hopes of being ready for the long haul that was the NBA Playoffs. Everything was going according to plan, until the NBA Finals – when it blew up in both parties’ faces. Or at least didn’t pan out as they had hoped.
This season, without LeBron James, Wade is going to have to take a bigger role on the Heat. And with last year’s blue print somewhere in the Heat locker room garbage can, Wade has a new plan. It involves playing 75 games this season and eating right.
Asked if he expects to play in 75-plus games, Wade indicated that is the plan.
He hopes coming to camp lighter will reduce some of the load on his knees. While declining to divulge details, he said his weight is lower than at the start of training camp last season and he will continue to lose more. He’s doing it by following the Paleo diet that was used last summer by Ray Allen, who recommended it to Wade and James.
Wade sat out 28 games last season, 13 were chalked up to “rest.” He simply can’t afford to do that this season, if this Heat team is even looking to become a “threat” in the Eastern Conference.
The biggest reason as to why they’re not perceived as that yet is because of this exact situation. No one believes that Wade can finish an 82 game season healthy. And if the Heat wants to make any type of noise in April and May, he’s going to have to.