Dwyane Wade has not been able to avoid the calipers during this second chapter with the Miami Heat. He expected nothing less — even as the Heat do. “I’ve had it twice already since I’ve been here,” Wade said of the Heat’s renown body-fat measurements. “But it’s a part of what I need on this team, especially as we get down the stretch. I want to get in better shape to be able to do more things on the floor and I got to get into the shape of this team.
In Friday’s road game against the Pelicans, the Heat will debut their uniform patch to honor the victims of last week’s tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High in Parkland. The black patch, which will be worn by the Heat for the remainder of the season, reads “MSD” and will be on the shoulder area of the jersey. The Heat coaching staff and broadcast team will also wear pins with “Stoneman Douglas” and the school’s Eagle logo on them during Friday’s game against the Pelicans. In addition, the Heat will hold a moment of silence before Saturday’s home game against the Grizzlies to honor the victims.
“It’s an absolute honor for us to wear these patches and players will be wearing them on their jerseys as well,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “I know I speak for everybody in that locker room and everybody in the organization, we are so very inspired by the leadership and courage and absolute fearlessness of the kids and young men and women at Stoneman Douglas. It’s such a tragic event, but we hear their voices, loud and clear. And we are behind them and this is only the start.”
Dwyane Wade has not been able to avoid the calipers during this second chapter with the Miami Heat. He expected nothing less — even as the Heat do. “I’ve had it twice already since I’ve been here,” Wade said of the Heat’s renown body-fat measurements. “But it’s a part of what I need on this team, especially as we get down the stretch. I want to get in better shape to be able to do more things on the floor and I got to get into the shape of this team. It’s a lot of extra work not only that I’m doing. But I see a lot of the guys that have been here that continue to keep doing it. [James Johnson] continues to keep doing it, a lot of guys. It’s just a part of the culture and no one is above that.”
Both Dwyane Wade and Heat President Pat Riley acknowledged upon Wade’s addition two weeks ago that the 36-year-old guard would need to take another step with his conditioning, after spending last season with the Chicago Bulls and the start of this season with the Cleveland Cavaliers. “It’s been a very different training regimen,” Wade said of his season and a half away, after spending his first 13 NBA seasons with the Heat. “For me, it’s been like training camp all over again. I’m probably as sore as I’ve been all year. First of all, the style of play is different. I’m coming from a different system to a system that is way different. So it’s more body movement for each player on the team, which is a little different than where I come from with my role.”