Dwyane Wade fit for Miami's future?

Wade insists that any speculation about the Heat's future won't disrupt the team's task at hand against San Antonio. Perhaps he's come too far physically and mentally this season to get sidetracked now.

Spoelstra told a story recently about how far Wade has come since his chronic knee issues in the playoffs last season. The coach wasn't certain Wade would even play in Game 7 of the Finals last season, because he required a significant amount of fluid to be drained from his left knee before the game.

Wade scored 23 points and grabbed 10 rebounds as the Heat finished off the Spurs for the title. During the offseason that followed, Wade underwent a shockwave therapy procedure to regenerate his right knee and would spend most of this season working with longtime personal trainer Tim Grover.

Wade packed three hours of treatment and rehab a day around games and practices throughout the season. Grover described his program with Wade -- which started with 8-10 weeks of offseason training before camp opened in October -- as a Tour de France because of its varying stages of difficulty.

Benchmarks gauging Wade's progress were set at the start of the season, the beginning of the calendar year, the All-Star break in February and entering the playoffs. There were setbacks but also breakthroughs. Wade admitted that he never thought he would end up missing 28 games during the season.

But Grover knew Wade had plenty of issues to address after all of the mileage accumulated through annual trips deep into the playoffs.

"It wasn't just the knee[s]. There were a lot of other areas in the body that just weren't working the way they were supposed to be working," Grover told Bleacher Report in March. "And that's because he's played so many games over the last four years. So certain things have a tendency to wear out. When one thing wears out and isn't working, you start to overcompensate with something else. And somebody at his age, sometimes you need somebody to pay attention to you and your needs."

Between Grover and the Heat's staff, Wade essentially has had a Secret Service detail of trainers around him throughout the season. That team got Wade through the nine consecutive games he missed near the end of the regular season to deal with knee, hamstring and Achilles issues at the low point.

The entourage remains by his side after seeing him help put away the  Indiana Pacers in the Eastern Conference finals with his strongest series since 2012. Wade entered the Finals against the Spurs averaging 18.7 points, 4.3 assists, 3.9 rebounds and 1.5 steals on 52 percent shooting in 2014 playoffs.

James, once frustrated by the frequent injury absences of Wade and other veterans on the team, is confident that the player he's seen in the No. 3 jersey in the playoffs isn't slowing down anytime soon.

"I think he's very determined to prove a lot of people wrong," James said. "For the last three years, he's had people tugging at him and wanting him to decrease and decline. I don't see that. I see he's there when we need him. That's what motivates him. It's up to him how much he wants to continue to go."

Should the Heat beat the Spurs, James suggested Wade might be the most underappreciated superstar to have four championships and a Finals MVP award in his collection.

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