Dwight Howard Wants To Stay in Orlando; Dwyane Wade Will Be Better Than Ever This Year

By: 12.13.11
Dwyane Wade

Dwyane Wade

Dwyane Wade played like the Hulk between during the 2008 Olympic run and the subsquent season. He hasn’t exactly fallen off since, but he hasn’t been able to replicate the ridiculousness he brought to the floor that year. Well here’s some great news for Heat fans: It sounds like Wade has been training in a new, innovative way all summer and is all the way back physically to where he was in ’08. Ed Downs, the founder of TERF Athletic Facility, an elite training ground for personalized sports fitness programs that specialize in core development, should get some credit. He’s the one putting Wade through a new type of workout that doesn’t focus on weights but rather functional strength designed to both limit injuries and get the body working efficiently. Downs says that Wade is testing out better than any athlete he’s ever seen, and that Wade not only decreased his body fat from 4.8 to 3.5 percent, he still added three pounds of muscle up to 231. Eventually, LeBron and Chris Bosh were joining them for workouts. LeBron is at 265 with 5.2 percent body fat, while Bosh came in at 238 while training for more functional lower body strength. Some of the Dime crew was in South Beach recently for the launch of Wade’s Air Jordan Fly Wade 2 and while he didn’t hoop with us when we were down there, he definitely looked to be in tip-top shape. Miami will be scary good if these guys come back physically better than ever … How scary? Pat Riley sold Shane Battier on coming to the Heat because he said this team reminds him of his Showtime Lakers. He sees similarities in the two styles – mainly that they play as many versatile wing players as possible. The Heat want to run a lineup this year with Wade, LeBron, Battier and Mike Miller all at once. Riley said: “I had Magic (Johnson) and (Michael) Cooper and (Byron) Scott and (James Worthy). Basically perimeters that played all different positions. I see Shane and Mike Miller and I see Dwyane and LeBron in almost the same kind of thing. (Spoelstra) has the same opportunity.” We love the comparison, especially at the center spot: Joel Anthony versus Kareem. Riles does have a point about the style of play for Miami though: They want to be anything but conventional … The dudes who beat them in the Finals, Mark Cuban and Dallas, have also had one crazy summer. Whether it’s telling four core players from last year’s team to see themselves out or Cubes bitching like a little girl about certain trades, the Mavs gameplan has been out there for everyone to see: save money, gain flexibility and go balls to the wall next summer. They’ve gotten lucky – we still can’t believe the whole Lamar Odom thing – and are coming away with perhaps not quite equal talent, but at least they have something. In some cases, they actually made out. They just replaced DeShawn Stevenson with Delonte West. And by not bringing back a few of their guys with long contracts, they have money for next summer and are looking more and more like a possible homecoming destination for Deron Williams. It’s still not enough though. Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports tweeted yesterday that the Mavs are also trying to move Rudy Fernandez and Corey Brewer to create even more cap space. That would free up around $6.4 million more of the salary cap and would have Dallas sitting in bundles of space … Utah has made Josh Howard a firm offer. He is reviewing and meeting with them this week. According to the team, the Spurs made Howard a firm offer over the weekend as well, and re-signing with the Wizards is still an option … Watch Blake Griffin bang a 60-foot shot from his ass during practice … And what’s up with the Grizzlies obsession over Kansas guards? Yesterday, they acquired Brandon Rush in the O.J. deal, they drafted Josh Selby this summer and also have Xavier Henry on the roster. Somewhere Keith Langford is begging for a shot … We’re out like Jimmy Darmody.

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