MIAMI (AP) Dwyane Wade's dislocated left shoulder is so
fragile there's a risk of aggravating the injury when he sleeps.
But come April, Wade figures he might be up to the rigors of the
N-B-A playoffs. The All-Star guard said today he has decided to
delay surgery and rehabilitate his shoulder with the goal of
returning to help the Miami Heat defend their league title.
He said at a news conference that it could have been easy for
him -- in his words ''to shut it down.''
He says he doesn't know if he's going to be able to attack the
same way and dive on the floor the same way. But he says he'll find
out after therapy and rehab how his body responds to things.
Wade's decision was good news for the injury-plagued Heat, who
entered tonight's game against Atlanta at 29-29. But even with rest
and therapy, there's no guarantee Wade can return this season.
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