Wade 'ahead of schedule' with rehabilitation from knee surgery

By Ben Golliver | Blogger

No speed bumps yet in this road to recovery.

Miami Heat All-Star guard Dwyane Wade is "ahead of schedule" as he rehabilitates from a July arthoscopic procedure on his left knee. Wade made the proclamation while promoting his new book, "A Father First," on an ABC morning talk show.

The Sun-Sentinel provided Wade's latest health update.

"I'm doing great," he said. "I'm ahead of schedule. The knee's OK, so I'm ahead of schedule."

However, in an interview with a Houston radio station as part of his media tour, he spoke of easing into the post-surgery process.

"That's my goal, to be full strength," he said. "Obviously, coming off surgery, even in the beginning of the year, [the goal is] to continue to work your way into things and hopefully hit your stride some point midseason, where you feel your best."

Last week, we noted that Wade had returned to the court for workouts. With the offseason signing of free-agent guard Ray Allen, the Heat have a little more protection if and when Wade misses time.

Wade, 30, missed roughly a quarter of last season with various ailments and struggled with his left knee, especially during the second round of the Eastern Conference playoffs against the Indiana Pacers. After getting his knee drained, he rebounded to be a major factor in the Eastern Conference finals against the Boston Celtics and in Miami's 2012 NBA Finals victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Miami opens its 2012 title defense against the Celtics on Oct. 30. Wade is expected to be at 100 percent for the Eastern Conference finals rematch.

Wade averaged 22.1 points, 4.8 rebounds, 4.6 assists, 1.7 steals and 1.3 blocks per game last season. He was named to the All-NBA third team and made his eighth consecutive All-Star Game.

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