Patience is a virtue. Oh, it sucks, I’m with you there Heat fans. But you need to develop some, so think of it as a virtue.
Because you are not going to see Dwyane Wade back on the court until the season opener Oct. 26, according to Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel.
“That’ll be tough. We don’t want to rush it,” (Heat coach Erik) Spoelstra said. “If it was the regular season, possibly. We still have a lot of time. I know everybody’s saying it has to happen right now. But the most important thing is our health. We’ll be patient.”
It’s the right approach, you need to get this right so it isn’t a lingering thing into the season. It sucks, but it’s the right thing to do. Through the weekend Wade is not with the team, remaining in Chicago where he is expected to testify Monday in the custody case for his twin sons (his testimony was pushed back from Friday).
Spoelstra and the Heat have a catalogue of other injuries to watch as well:
• LeBron James sat out practice Friday with his tight hamstring but is expected to return on Saturday, in time for the open scrimmage the team hosts Sunday night. James said again if this were the regular season he would go.
• Point guard Mario Chalmers also sat out practice on Friday and may join Wade on the bench for the team’s final three exhibition games as he rests the ankle he sprained this summer. That ankle has not been right during camp.
• Point guard Carlos Arroyo was back from his groin strain and going full speed at practice Friday.
• Point guard Patrick Beverly was back and practicing after getting four stitches above his eye from a hit in Wednesday’s exhibition game against New Orleans.
• Center Jamaal Magloire was back practicing with the team after sitting out some time due to knee pain.
Hassan Whiteside recorded a triple-double last night against the Hornets, and his tenth block was particularly impressive. He didn’t so much block Marvin Williams‘ layup attempt as pluck it out of the air with one hand. It almost looks like it should count as a block, rebound and steal at the same time.
The NBA world has taken notice of the water crisis in Flint, Michigan. In Thursday night’s home game against the Knicks on TNT, Pistons players wore warmup shirts that read “FLINT NOW,” and the organization announced a $500,000 donation towards providing clean water for residents of the town.
Former Pistons great and general basketball legend Rasheed Wallace went even further, according to a tweet from his alma mater, the University of North Carolina:
Sheed obviously has a connection to Michigan, having played in Detroit for six years (including on the 2004 title team) and serving as an assistant coach for the Pistons during the 2013-14 season. This was an incredible gesture by him for the residents of a town that has been without drinkable water for a long time.
The Kings are a complete mess right now. After a loss to the Nets on Friday night, the team is reportedly considering firing head coach George Karl, who has been with the team for just about one year, and DeMarcus Cousins says they have “a bigger issue than the players.”
But, on the bright side, Cousins is still a monster on the court. During the Nets loss, he posted a triple-double with 24 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists, showing why he’s the one thing about this franchise that is going to be worth talking about long-term.
Russell Westbrook has been wearing the new Air Jordan XXX on the court for nearly a month now. Considering he’s averaging a triple-double in his last 10 games — 22 points, 12 assists, 10 rebounds — I’d say he’s pretty comfortable in them.
Continuing a trend of using the respected Jordan brand name with modern players to sell the shoes, this latest ad for the Air Jordan XXX shoes features a young hypeman who describes Westbrook as “the new Big Bang,” and asks people to “make room – as the man is about to take off.”
The Air Jordan XXX hit retail stores on Feb. 12. Westbrook will be wearing them next weekend in Toronto for the All-Star Game.