MIAMI -- Heat guard Dwyane Wade is recovering from surgery
this week on his left shoulder and knee, operations he opted to
have the same day to speed up his return to the court.
"I decided to have both surgeries in one day so I could get the
full rehab process started and return to the court as soon as
possible," Wade said Friday in a statement. "I am feeling good,
keeping my spirits up and looking forward to wearing a Heat uniform
Miami coach Pat Riley has said Wade -- who averaged 27.4 points
this past season -- might need six months to recover from both
Wade, who had the surgery Tuesday, was bothered by a condition
commonly known as "jumper's knee," which he said limited his
performance on the court. Wade also missed 23 games after
dislocating his left shoulder in February.
In his statement, Wade thanked his fans and family for their
"I want to thank everyone for their prayers and support during
this time," Wade said. "I have really appreciated the genuine
support from my family, teammates, Heat fans, the Heat
organization, my business partners and well-wishers around the
globe. The Heat have the best fans in the world and you have truly
shown me some love."