James, Wade Working into Game Shape
LeBron James and Dwyane Wade emerged from the Miami Heat’s preseason not quite satisfied with their conditioning levels as Tuesday’s opener against Chicago looms.
“It’s going to be a process,” James said. “But I’m close.”
But the Heat’s top two players won’t exactly be sprinting into the regular season on the heels of an eight-game exhibition schedule that wrapped up with Wade struggling through a sluggish performance and James joining Chris Bosh in sitting out Friday’s lethargic loss to Brooklyn.
James has spent the past month gradually working his way back into shape after a summer of extensive travel. Meanwhile, Wade has used the preseason to focus on strengthening his troublesome knees, which required extensive offseason treatment and rest after both gave him problems during Miami’s postseason run to a second consecutive title.