Wade sits out; Riley likely to miss several games

The scaling back has begun for Dwyane Wade . It's also about to begin for Heat coach Pat Riley at a more extensive rate than initially indicated. Full Story
Reality Strikes

Pompano Beach, FL

#1 Mar 7, 2008
Dwayno's 30 seconds of fame are over; he will eventually be hampered by these nagging chronic injuries, reduced to playing at best, a sixth man. One of the most important components of palying professional sports is the players ability to heal and work through injuries. Unfortunately, Wade's ability is limited; blame it on poor genetics.
Fred

Boulder, CO

#2 Mar 7, 2008
In the history of sports, I've never seen anything like this.

Regardless of whether you're winning or losing, you come and play your best every night. I'm surprised that David Stern hasn't intervened into the situation of PURPOSELY sitting Dwayne Wade down.

Now Riley wants to "take off" and scout. The truth is that he can't stand losing and has a bad basketball team but that's what you get when you mortgage your future on Shaq.

He did the same thing a few years back when the Heat apparently seemed like they were going into the tank. Stan Van Gundy did a great job of letting Wade, Caron Butler and Odom play and it shocked Riley. Then he wanted to come back and coach the team whacking Van Gundy in the process.

I agree with Reality Strikes. Wade has probably seen his best days. Going to the hoop and falling awkwardly has taken a toll on his body. The Heat and the Dolphins must have the same trainers because they are the worst in the world.
eBS

United States

#3 Mar 7, 2008
While Reality Strikes and Fred make some good points, I have to disagree that Wade is thru.

First of all the Heat needs to get a trainer (maybe in the martial arts) to show these big guys how to fall and not kill your body in the process. Judo is great for learning how to fall and break your falls, something along these lines could prevent another shoulder injury.

Next, Riley needs to sit Wade down premanently or put him on an injured list and get him off the floor for the rest of this season (there's nothing to gain by having your star player in there playing hurt) possibly getting an even more serious injury.

Fred, I said about the same thing the other night about playing to win and not slacking off, but in this case Wade desperately needs time off to get his knee and shoulder sufficently healed before he heads off to the Olympics this Summer and following that with the start of the season a few short weeks afterwards.

A rested, healthy Wade is absolutely essential at the start of next season because you know Riley is going to make changes in the off-season to prevent another dismal repeat of this year and he will need Wade to be at his best to go with Marion and Haslem and the other 2 players to be determined.

I don't blame Riley for wanting to get a jump on who the Heat would pick in the upcoming draft, a good draft pick could help change the face of this team and prevent another horrid season. Play the kids for the rest of the year and let the league scream all it wants, rest the veterns.

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