After battling left knee pain all season, which has made it difficult for Dwyane Wade to get out of bed at times, the Heat superstar has officially ended his ’08 campaign. With 21 games to go and the Heat going into full on tank mode at 11-50, Wade made the expected announcement earlier than anticipated.
So now, Wade will turn to therapy in hopes of getting his knee back to top form.
Later this week, he’ll undergo OssaTron treatment — a high-tech, high-powered form of shock wave therapy. The non-surgical procedure lasts about 30 minutes, and afterward, Wade will be limited to passive exercise for the first 30 days. After that, he may return to basketball-related activity.
“The knee will be hit with shock waves, electrical shock waves,” Riley said. “It’s actually a pretty painful procedure.”
Without Wade, could the Heat feasibly finish the season tied for the second worst record in NBA history? They’ve actually already surpassed the atrocious ’72-73 Sixers who went 9-73. But if Miami loses out from here forward, they could tie the ’92-93 Mavs at the 11-win plateau. They could still end up in the top 3 all time if they finish with 12 wins, thereby tying the ’97-98 Nuggets and the ’86-87 Clippers.