Dwyane Wade is in the midst of an important offseason. Pat Riley challenged Wade to reinvent himself this offseason, meaning Riley wants Wade to drop some weight and develop his game. Here’s why this is important for the Heat’s goal of winning their third title in as many years.
It appears that Wade is taking Riley’s suggestion to heart, as he has started working with Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant‘s former trainer, Tim Grover. Wade will train with Grover for six weeks leading up to the Heat’s training camp next month.
Wade’s last two postseason outings were filled with questions marks. When the Heat won their second title in franchise history in 2012, Wade was playing with a knee injury that would eventually require surgery. It was evident that he was not the same player. To his credit, he showed flashes of excellence in each series Miami played. In the 2013 postseason, bone bruises and knee tendinitis slowed Wade down enough that he was forced to miss some action in the Milwaukee series. He averaged a career low 15.9 PPG during the Heat’s second consecutive title last season.
When Wade is healthy, he is a top-tier talent, but he has failed to find a way to keep himself in the conversation about the league’s best off-guards. This is where Tim Grover’s expertise comes into play.
“I don’t train my clients to be good as new, I want them to be better than ever,” Grover told ESPN last month. “That’s the goal for Dwyane.”
The benchmark for Wade is to drop to 212 pounds. Pat Riley is confident that with the weight loss, Wade will become more mobile and reduce the strain on his knees.
Wade is an ultimate competitor, so it is only fair to assume that he will rise to Riley’s challenge and will respond in a big way next season.
Wade’s plan to become healthy seems solid, but some might ask how he plans to reinvent his game. He has produced outstanding regular season performances for over decade now, so what does he need to do?