Dwyane Wade knocked on the table at the interview podium. He then asked, `Is this wood?" That was his thinking after being asked if he would need surgery on his left knee that bothered him since early March. Wade said he doesn't expect another procedure in the offseason and that rest is all he needs. "Hopefully no surgery," Wade said. "Obviously there will be a few treatments me and Doc will talk about, but it won't be surgery. Treatments, I hope. A lot of rest is going to be key for them. My knees right now, they're still on fire because I have this hot stuff on my legs. But hopefully no surgery at all." It was the second straight year Wade dealt with knee issues. He had surgery last summer on his right knee after the Miami Heat won the title. He played through pain for most of the past four months, but was in the lineup every game in the playoffs except for Game 4 against the Milwaukee Bucks in the first round. "Sometimes it feels good, sometimes it doesn't," forward LeBron James said. "For the most part, it hasn't felt good in the postseason but he's given us everything that he has and that's part of the reason why we're here." Wade said he never considered sitting a game despite the pain. He preferred to endure criticism rather than blame his struggles on the nagging injury. "I'm about gutting it out," Wade said. "I talked to my knees today. We had a conversation. And I told them, I said, listen, both of you guys, y'all can give me one great game, you'll have a great summer. So I'm going to treat my knees very well this summer. And rest them.But it's unfortunate that I had to deal with certain things. But I never question God and never ask why. I just try to figure out how I can be better, how I can do whatever it takes for my teammates. And I was able to do that in this series." Wade averaged 19.6 points, 4.6 assists and four rebounds in the Finals, which was easily his most effective series of the postseason. He had 23 points and 10 rebounds in Game 7, relieving some of the load from James.
Dwyane Wade hopes to put knee problems in the rearview
Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel | Jun 23