MIAMI (AP) -Dwyane Wade is finally ready to play.
Miami's All-Star guard, recovered from offseason shoulder and knee surgeries, was on the active roster for the first time this season Wednesday night, when the Heat faced the Seattle SuperSonics.
Wade's return couldn't come at a better time for the Heat, who entered the night with a 1-6 record and are averaging an NBA-worst 83.3 points.
But having Wade - who averaged a career-high 27.4 points last season - is sure to help in both of those categories.
Wade had surgery on his left shoulder and left knee May 15, and was told by doctors that the rehabilitation process would last six months. Thursday is the six-month anniversary of those procedures.
The shoulder - which was dislocated in February - no longer necessarily concerns Wade, who said earlier this month that it's stronger than his right one.
But the knee was Wade's primary source of worry over the past couple weeks. He had surgery to relieve the condition commonly called ``jumper's knee'' and said he didn't want to return to the Heat lineup until he was convinced that the joint could hold up to the rigors of NBA life.
Team doctors cleared him for full-contact practice earlier this month and Wade began those workouts Nov. 5, although he was able to participate in certain on-court drills since training camp began about a month earlier.
Advertisement
Advertisement

Top NBA Public Bets

Advertisement

NBA Top Stories

Thumbnail Bucks vs. Rockets Prediction Are the Rockets a good bet to cover tonight against the Bucks following their loss last night to the Heat?
Thumbnail Trail Blazers vs. Hornets Prediction Will the Hornets snap their current five-game losing streak when they host the Trail Blazers tonight at 7:00PM ET?
Thumbnail Raptors vs. 76ers Prediction The Raptors are road favorites tonight in Philadelphia at 7:00PM ET. Will they cover against the Sixers?
Thumbnail Hawks vs. Pistons Pick Can the Atlanta Hawks continue their winning ways when they take on the Detroit Pistons tonight at 8PM ET?
Thumbnail Nuggets vs. Lakers Prediction Are the Lakers a safe bet to beat and cover against the Nuggets tonight when they host Denver at 10:30PM ET?

NBA Team Pages