Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 10/9/13
A day after sitting out of the Miami Heat's preseason opener to rest with sore legs Dwyane Wade has no plans at this point to routinely skip regular season games to help preserve his health. Wade practiced Tuesday with the team and then pushed through an extensive workout on the court with the coaching staff afterward that focused on his post game. Working on his conditioning in a controlled practice environment is a higher priority for Wade than participating in preseason games. The star guard decided about an hour before the start of Monday's 92-87 victory against the Atlanta Hawks that he wouldn't play despite coach Erik Spoelstra listing him as a starter moments earlier. Wade who has battled chronic knee injuries the past two seasons said he would continue to evaluate his conditioning on a day-to-day basis before deciding if he will play in any of the Heat's eight preseason games. Miami plays back-to-back games Thursday in Detroit and Friday against the Charlotte Bobcats in Kansas City. “Obviously you want to play in some games get that rhythm play with your teammates” Wade said Tuesday. “But we've got seven of them (preseason games) left so there's plenty of time. Right now for me (it’s important) to get more comfortable in here in practice get more conditioning in here and it will take care of (itself) out on the court.” Heat teammates and coaches have said that Wade is in the best shape they've seen in the three seasons he's played alongside LeBron James and Chris Bosh. But getting to that point has been a methodical process that started with a month of rest. Wade was slowed in the postseason by tendinitis in his surgically-repaired left knee and multiple bone bruises in his right knee. Wade avoided surgery over the summer after the Heat defeated San Antonio in the Finals for their second consecutive championship. But Wade did require his knee to be drained during the Finals in June and received a shock-therapy procedure on his knees after the season. Wade said he's still going through a rigorous training regimen that started late in the offseason when he began workouts with long-time personal trainer Tim Grover. Despite appearing lighter and physically fit Wade said he remains a work in progress heading into the Oct. 29 regular season opener against the Chicago Bulls. “I'm not where I want to be but I'm better at this point this season than I was last year” Wade said referring to the 2012 offseason when he underwent left knee surgery. “I'm not ready for Game 1 (against Chicago). I'll work my way to get there and we'll see how it goes game by game.”
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