By Bryan Jeon
Dwyane Wade, on Monday, has decided to delay surgery and rehabilitate his dislocated left shoulder with hopes to rejoin the team for the playoffs, which start April 21, and possibly the last couple of regular season games before then. That is, if the Miami Heat (29-29) can even make it. The defending champions currently hold the 7th seed in the Eastern Conference, just 2.5 games from missing the playoffs. Shaquille O’Neal (16ppg, 7.3rpg, 1.7apg) has stepped up quite nicely in the leadership role since D-Wade’s absence, scoring 22.0ppg with 9.4rpg and 3.6apg and leading the Heat to a 3-2 record. Regardless of whether Wade returns or not this season, he will need surgery after the season with a recovery time of 4-6 months.
Doctors support his decision, as they mention no further damage can be done, just another possible dislocation. “The main thing I can do is feel that same pain again. That’s one thing I don’t want to feel,” Wade said with a smile. You got that right, baby Wade. I’m sure you don’t ever want to have those tears in your eyes, screaming in pain like you did on that day.