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V2M
03-05-2007, 12:02 PM
Wade says he'll try to return for playoffs
Associated Press

MIAMI -- Dwyane Wade will try to come back this season.


"It could have been easy for me just to shut it down. You don't know if you're going to be able to attack the same way and dive on the floor the same way. I'll find out after therapy and rehab how my body responds to things."
-- Dwyane Wade

The Miami Heat guard said Monday he has decided to delay surgery and rehabilitate his dislocated left shoulder with the goal of returning for the playoffs.

"My decision for the next two to three weeks is to rehab with the possibility of coming back, but with no guarantee," Wade said. "I'll find out after therapy and rehab how my body responds to things."

Wade was hurt Feb. 21 at Houston. He underwent extensive tests and received a second opinion Friday from specialist Dr. James Andrews before deciding he would try to return.

"The fact there's a possibility would give us hope," coach Pat Riley said. "He's a pretty good player. He probably would be a pretty good player one-armed."

The defending NBA champion Heat, plagued by injuries all season, enter Monday night's game against Atlanta at 29-29 and are in danger of missing the playoffs.

The Heat are 3-2 since Wade was hurt when he collided with Houston's Shane Battier. The All-Star guard tore his labrum, dislocated his shoulder and left the court in a wheelchair.

At the time, his was the league's third-leading scorer, averaging 28.8 points.

Wade said the decision to return was difficult, even though Andrews and team physician Dr. Harlan Selesnick supported the idea. Wade said he was told he can't further damage his shoulder by playing, although another dislocation is possible.

"The main thing I can do is feel that same pain again. That's one thing I don't want to feel," he said with a smile.

"It could have been easy for me just to shut it down," Wade said. "You don't know if you're going to be able to attack the same way and dive on the floor the same way. I'll find out after therapy and rehab how my body responds to things."

Wade is still wearing a sling when he sleeps to keep the shoulder stable.

He said he might be able to return for the last couple of regular-season games before the playoffs start April 21. Even if he does come back, he's still expected to have surgery after the season, with the recovery time estimated at four to six months.

Riley said the organization didn't try to influence Wade's decision.

"He's a warrior. He's a soldier. And these are his guys,"

Riley said. "The doctors are world-renowned, and they said he can go forward this way. This is what you do when you're a defending champion. He has made the decision to try to rehab it and hopefully help the team, and he should be admired for that."

Riley said he's confident Wade can alter his slashing, acrobatic playing style as necessary to protect his shoulder.

"He has a tremendous amount of skill and awareness and smarts," Riley said. "Whatever adjustment would have to be made, I think he would make the adjustment and still be pretty effective."

The playoffs start April 21. Even if Wade returns this season, he is still expected to have surgery after the season.

Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press

Flacolaco
03-05-2007, 12:05 PM
He said he might be able to return for the last couple of regular-season games before the playoffs start April 21. Even if he does come back, he's still expected to have surgery after the season, with the recovery time estimated at four to six months.

Yeah come back Diane. Come back and hurt yourself worse.

(oops I think I just got whistled for a foul. )

mkat
03-05-2007, 12:05 PM
Yeah come back Diane. Come back and hurt yourself worse.

(oops I think I just got whistled for a foul. )

that's a technical. you're out for a game now.

Usually Lurkin
03-05-2007, 12:27 PM
Even if he makes it back in time for the playoffs, his shoulder won't be 100%. I think if you force him flop left, you have a chance. But as long as Crawford, Salvatore, and their goons stay healthy enough to keep one good whistling arm active, DWade should do alright. I fully expect that sometime during the playoffs, we will see the likeness of Dwyane Wade gloriously portrayed, descending from the trauma ward, clothed in his pure white hospital gown, getting up the 9th time. A second coming. And Stern will let us know how lucky we are to witness such an historic event.

dirt_dobber
03-05-2007, 12:33 PM
Livingston cried less than Wade, and his career is possibly over.

Does Kobe have to forfeit the title "Drama Queen"?

big_pth
03-05-2007, 01:38 PM
Who does this surprise? Oh yeah, NO ONE.

LRB
03-05-2007, 01:43 PM
Wadey is just upset the he didn't take home any statues at the Academy awards last week.

BTW I wonder if they will wheel him out for warmups in a wheel chair from now on?

Flacolaco
03-05-2007, 01:50 PM
Can you just imagine the kind of mindless dribble we'll be reading about this....how miraculous it is!! what a fantastic competitor he is!! overcoming all the odds!!! his glorious return to basketball!!!!

cue the violins.

purplefrog
03-05-2007, 02:03 PM
Wade is truly a remarkable player. He can go to the bench, cry his eyes out, be put in a wheelchair becaue his shoulder is dislocated, cry some more, have the trainer put a towel over his head, cry some more, and then have his coach call him a warrior and a soldier. He is an inspiration to us all. The refs should really protect him if he returns because he is a special kind of player that deserves to be given the best of everything. We adore you Dwyane Wade .... you are a true American hero.

Usually Lurkin
03-05-2007, 02:28 PM
BTW I wonder if they will wheel him out for warmups in a wheel chair from now on?
oh, my goodness! That would be awesome.

What do you think would be the best song to play during his wheelchair intro?
Living in America?
Proud Mary?
The Wheels on the Bus?
Jesus Take the Wheel ?

I think any of those would be awesome.

After the game someone can drape an awesome thick velvet cape over him at midcourt, and walk him back to his wheelchair.

Dwyane Wade is so awesome!

DH_fan
03-05-2007, 02:36 PM
How bout that CumbaWamba song, I get knocked down, but I get up again.

LRB
03-05-2007, 02:51 PM
oh, my goodness! That would be awesome.

What do you think would be the best song to play during his wheelchair intro?



Big Girls Don't Cry

Usually Lurkin
03-05-2007, 02:55 PM
ha ha.

Whistle while you work?

basuketobaru
03-05-2007, 04:52 PM
Livingston cried less than Wade, and his career is possibly over.

Does Kobe have to forfeit the title "Drama Queen"?

No. It would be insulting to call D-Wade a Drama Queen. Give the man his due. At the very least, he's a Drama Empress. In fact, this come-back to gloriously lead his team into the post-season may well mark his ascendance to the Pantheon as the Goddess of Drama.

TheBlueVan
03-05-2007, 04:59 PM
big f---in surprise...

LRB
03-05-2007, 06:13 PM
Or they could play the "It's my party and I'll cry if I want to" for the Drama Diva.

MavsX
03-05-2007, 07:53 PM
god i am so sick of hearing about him. I am too the point that i am wishing him injuries

Dirkadirkastan
03-05-2007, 08:06 PM
"It could have been easy for me just to shut it down. You don't know if you're going to be able to attack the same way and dive on the floor the same way. I'll find out after therapy and rehab how my body responds to things."
-- Dwyane Wade

"Look at me! Look at me! I'm such a hero! Please tell me I'm a hero. Tell the whole world! In fact, quote me twice when you write your article!"
--Dwyane Wade

nah-vit-ski
03-05-2007, 08:38 PM
I never like to see injuries, even to Wade if you can beleive that..................

that wheelchair thing was probably the whinpiest thing i've ever seen though, not unlike when KG trew a ball to the stands and the guy who got hit had to leave in a strecher

nashtymavsfan13
03-05-2007, 08:59 PM
This is a bad decision by him imo, it's not like the Heat are going to go anywhere even if they make the playoffs. He's young, and might as well not risk further injury by trying to come back.

mkat
03-05-2007, 09:09 PM
This is a bad decision by him imo, it's not like the Heat are going to go anywhere even if they make the playoffs. He's young, and might as well not risk further injury by trying to come back.

anyone in the east can beat just about anyone in the east.

Male30Dan
03-05-2007, 10:00 PM
It is hard for me to make fun of the East anymore seeing as how the best team from last year in the NBA was from the East. Teams that play as well as Miami did with such heroic performances from a true hero in Wade should never get classified as a team in the Leastern Conference.

dude1394
03-05-2007, 10:31 PM
That karma is a bitch. Looks like after kapono took josh out by sticking his foot under him someone did the same to him. Something about reaping what you sow comes to mind.

LRB
03-06-2007, 12:48 AM
I wonder when Diva comes back if Stern will let Miami implement an extra alternative road uniform. You know the pink ones with the skorts instead of shorts?

nashtymavsfan13
03-06-2007, 01:32 AM
anyone in the east can beat just about anyone in the east.

Well, I meant get anywhere as in a championship.

mkat
03-06-2007, 01:40 AM
Well, I meant get anywhere as in a championship.

i think people said that last year. but they really do have a pretty good shot. just gotta face the pistons. i mean who else can you be worried abnout?

nashtymavsfan13
03-06-2007, 01:41 AM
i think people said that last year. but they really do have a pretty good shot. just gotta face the pistons. i mean who else can you be worried abnout?

Pistons, Bulls, Mavs, Spurs, Suns, Rockets, and Jazz are all better teams.

Tokey41
03-06-2007, 12:48 PM
"He's a warrior. He's a soldier. And these are his guys,"

Are you joking? What kind of warrior crys?

"It could have been easy for me just to shut it down. You don't know if you're going to be able to attack the same way and dive on the floor the same way. I'll find out after therapy and rehab how my body responds to things."
-- Dwyane Wade

This quote pissed me off more than anything, you know what else would be easy? For you to shut your mouth, your out for the season I don't want to hear about him. And why is he so worried about being able to dive on the floor? Hmmm? Scared he might actually injure himself while pretending to injure himself?

DarenG
03-06-2007, 01:50 PM
Not many guys would decide not to shut it down. I give him credit for that. However, is it a smart move for his long term career? There have been guys who have seperated the shoulder, rehabbed and never seperated it again.

However, this shoulder injury sounds more serious. I would be surprised if he could make it through the entire playoffs without aggrevating it.

fluid.forty.one
03-06-2007, 03:03 PM
What a warrior.

Windmill360
03-06-2007, 04:54 PM
If he waits for the playoffs he might not get to play till next season starts up.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v176/jorge3000/fuckingwork.jpg

Usually Lurkin
03-06-2007, 05:26 PM
ouch,
who's reaching out and grabbing his hurt shoulder?
"It's ok, Dywayny [squeeze, squeeze], don't cry [squeeze], it'll be allright [thumb dig]"

V2M
03-06-2007, 05:43 PM
Wade provides inspiration
By Adrian Wojnarowski, Yahoo! Sports
March 5, 2007

Adrian Wojnarowski
Yahoo! Sports

In a moment of self-congratulation Monday, Dwyane Wade declared that "it could've been easy for me to shut it down."

Easy? Even when the doctors OK'd rehab to return to this basketball season? Sorry, but Wade's stature as one of the sport's superstars demanded nothing less than the harshest road to glory. Whatever the pain, the price, it comes with the NBA Finals MVP, the endless endorsements and the burden of beating the clock on Shaquille O'Neal's declining dominance.

"This is what you do when you're a defending champion," Pat Riley said.

So grateful that Wade has decided to postpone surgery on his dislocated left shoulder until after trying to come back this season, Riley, the Heat emperor, spit out some of his most clownish hyperbole, declaring that Wade is "a soldier."

Yes, it's nice and all that the fleeting, flickering chance at another NBA Finals run won't necessitate Riley forsaking the coaching of the final two months of a lost title defense for, say, volunteering for jury duty. Just understand, Riles: Wade isn't returning to the torn streets of Baghdad but the manicured shores of Biscayne Bay.

Forgive Riley, because the mere possibility of Wade returning should be the inspiration the Heat need to fight to the finish. As Riley said, it gives the Heat "hope" something that vaporized after Wade slammed into Houston's Shane Battier on Feb. 21 and screamed and screamed and screamed.

Yet as long as the Heat have Wade, they have a shot. Just take a look around the East, and that's the inevitable conclusion. The Pacers, losers of five straight, are floundering, and backed into a sixth-seed tie with the Heat. The Nets, Knicks and Magic are sub-.500 frauds staging a pillow fight for an undeserving eighth seed.

In this mess of an Eastern Conference, where Shaq just pounded the Pistons for 31 points and 15 rebounds, the Heat understand that even the return of a diminished Wade can throw a scare into teams. Across the past two years, Shaq has been able to deliver these moments but unable to sustain them.

"Shaq seems to be asserting himself," one Eastern Conference scout said, "but who knows for how long? And the East is so bad, Riley can make these guys believe. He's such a motivator. Riley won't win any points for creativity, but he's just throwing the ball into the monster and letting him create."

Shaq can hold it together for Wade, the way Wade did for him for much of the regular season. Ultimately, they still need each other come springtime. So there is the possibility that Wade can rehab that left shoulder and get back for the playoffs in late April. There's a chance he'll never get back. Either way, he's going to need surgery and four to six months of recovery time. This eliminates him as a possibility to play for Team USA at Olympic qualifying in Las Vegas this summer, leaving Kobe Bryant to step into his scoring shoes.

Without Wade, the U.S. can make it to Beijing. Without him, though, the Heat can't get out of the first round of the playoffs. There's something else, too: Once Wade called out Dallas' Dirk Nowitzki as a suspect leader, he left himself vulnerable to examination. The title gives him some space to talk, yes, but Wade would've had some explaining to do had he, in his words, "shut it down." They'll check on his shoulder in two or three weeks and see if he's on course for a return.

If Wade does return, he'll have trouble trying to be the daring, undaunted "Flash." His breathless drives and fearless leaps to the rim would leave him vulnerable to dislocating the shoulder again. Riley will take his chances. "He has a tremendous amount of skill and awareness and smarts," Riley said. "Whatever adjustment would have to be made, I think he would make the adjustment and still be pretty effective."

Riley insists that he didn't influence Wade's choice, but no one has to guess where he stood on the issue. Running out of time, out of Shaq, you heard Riles. This is what you do when you're a defending champion. The doctors gave Wade a little hope, and now he turns it over to the Heat. "These are his guys," Riley said, and that's the burden that goes beyond the endorsements and commercials and MVP trophies. His guys, his team and, yes, Dwyane Wade's championship to defend until the pain brings him to his knees.

LRB
03-06-2007, 07:25 PM
Hopefully Diva doesn't reinjure his shoulder patting himself on the back.

Underdog
03-06-2007, 07:26 PM
His guys, his team and, yes, Dwyane Wade's championship to defend until the pain brings him to his knees.

I bet pain doesn't bring him to his knees as fast as David Stern promising another championship!

LRB
03-06-2007, 07:29 PM
I bet pain doesn't bring him to his knees as fast as David Stern promising another championship!

So was Stern's pants unzipped when when Wade went to his knees?

Underdog
03-06-2007, 07:33 PM
So was Stern's pants unzipped when when Wade went to his knees?


I think you're catching on... :D

mqywaaah
03-06-2007, 09:51 PM
Fall seven, eight times. Stand up no more. F**k Wade!!!

mqywaaah
03-06-2007, 09:52 PM
If he waits for the playoffs he might not get to play till next season starts up.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v176/jorge3000/fuckingwork.jpg


This must be Divas gameface. LOL :D

dude1394
03-06-2007, 10:53 PM
Pick, pick, pick, pick, pick, pick, pick, pick, pick, pick....

LRB
03-06-2007, 11:23 PM
Dwayne Wade has to be the softest player in the league. I bet the old lady that Terry kissed after vaulting over her in tonights game could kick the Diva's panzy ass.

kriD
03-25-2007, 04:20 AM
Riley: Wade's dislocated shoulder making some progress

By TIM REYNOLDS, AP Sports Writer
March 24, 2007

MIAMI (AP) -- NBA finals MVP Dwyane Wade's dislocated left shoulder is "healing and tightening up," Miami coach Pat Riley said Saturday.

"Everything the doctors tell me is that they took another MRI and things seem to be healing and tightening up," Riley said before the defending NBA champion Heat hosted the Philadelphia 76ers. "From that standpoint, it's good. But can he play basketball? I don't know."

Riley said he and Wade may "have a conversation" in the next couple days to discuss the guard's progress, but he quickly added that he doesn't know any specifics about when Wade could return to the lineup. After Saturday, the Heat have 13 regular-season games remaining.

Wade has been working out regularly for about three weeks to see if the shoulder -- which he dislocated at Houston on Feb. 21 -- would respond to rehabilitation. He still will need surgery at some point to repair the damage, but may hold off on that until the offseason if he deems himself able to return this year.

"He's the one that's going to make the decision on this and how he feels," Riley said. "He's going to have to go through some contact and some stuff like that."

Wade was averaging a team-best 28.8 points for the Heat when he got hurt in a collision with the Rockets' Shane Battier. Part of his rehab regimen has included working out with a heavy ball, and he has been dribbling daily, Riley said -- but Wade isn't believed to have gone through any strenuous on-court activity.

"I don't want to put any pressure on him," Riley said. "I just want him to continue to feel he's getting healthier and healthier and healthier."

Usually Lurkin
03-25-2007, 09:23 AM
finding a diaper that will stay up during the game is probably going to be a bigger deal for Dywane than the shoulder.

dude1394
03-25-2007, 10:50 AM
Pick left, pick left, pick left, pick left.

dude1394
03-25-2007, 10:51 AM
finding a diaper that will stay up during the game is probably going to be a bigger deal for Dywane than the shoulder.

He'll have to find one that can be fastened with one hand. Going to be tough.

SeattleMavsFan
03-25-2007, 11:00 AM
makes me sick. how can anyone say he's an inspiration and a warrior?! my god, when he got hurt, that was the saddest display I've ever seen. He is the biggest cry baby diva EVER. If he comes back, watch the calls go even more towards him. nobody will be able to stop him or the Heat. I just hope he does get hurt again...which he will...

Underdog
03-25-2007, 11:01 AM
Oh, is Wade finally recovering from his flu-like symptoms?

LRB
03-25-2007, 11:35 AM
Dwayne Wade is a true hero. He can bite the pacifier and take on for the team with the best of them so long as he has a clean diaper. BTW Wade is making available a special line of work out clothes for sale based upon his athletic wear for his heroic comeback. See impange below:

http://us.st11.yimg.com/us.st.yimg.com/I/erteestate_1940_3997438

kriD
04-03-2007, 05:05 AM
Wade returns to practice

Heat guard hoping to play again before playoffs start

Posted: Monday April 2, 2007 2:57PM; Updated: Monday April 2, 2007 3:43PM

MIAMI (AP) -- Dwyane Wade practiced with the Miami Heat on Monday, the first time he'd taken part in a full workout since dislocating his left shoulder nearly six weeks ago.

Wade was on the floor for some 5-on-5 and other drills for about 90 minutes, then planned to do about another 90 minutes of weightlifting and physical therapy afterward. He even absorbed some contact on the shoulder without any pain.

"He looks OK. He's missed a long time. He's in as good a shape as he can be in," Heat coach Pat Riley said. "It's going to be a process."

Wade was averaging 28.8 points when he was hurt in a collision with Houston's Shane Battier on Feb. 21. The Heat have gone 13-7 since Wade's injury, rising from a team on the Eastern Conference playoff bubble to one contending for the Southeast Division title.

"Just happy to see him out there running and smiling," Heat guard Eddie Jones said. "I think it's a great thing to have guys together again."

Wade plans to travel with the Heat to Cleveland and Boston later this week, but his return to game action is still at least a few more days away. Wade said Sunday that he'd like to play in one or two games before the playoffs begin, but indicated Monday that he's open to playing more -- if his shoulder responds well over the coming days.

"You never know," Wade said. "I can't predict the future. Four or five games, I would love it, but I don't think they'd let me right now."

sike
04-03-2007, 08:22 AM
I want to punch Wade in the arm so bad.

Flacolaco
04-03-2007, 08:35 AM
I hope the Eastern conference playoff teams know that if they're going to foul him in the playoffs (and boy are they going to) that they shall only foul him in one place, repeatedly, over and over and over and over again:

His gimpy left sholder

sike
04-03-2007, 09:01 AM
I hope the Eastern conference playoff teams know that if they're going to foul him in the playoffs (and boy are they going to) that they shall only foul him in one place, repeatedly, over and over and over and over again:

His gimpy left sholder
did I mention that I want to punch him!

Flacolaco
04-03-2007, 09:02 AM
did I mention that I want to punch him!

I don't think you mentioned where you wanted to punch him....

antoinewalker
04-03-2007, 05:52 PM
wade is a warrior.

dirno2000
04-03-2007, 06:01 PM
A warrior would have been a man and walked off the court on his own two feet.

MavsX
04-03-2007, 07:47 PM
break a leg!