MIAMI — Heat guard Dwyane Wade will seek a second opinion early this week before deciding whether to rehabilitate his dislocated left shoulder or have season-ending surgery to repair the joint.
“The sooner the better,” Miami coach and president Pat Riley said Sunday, before the Heat played host to the Cleveland Cavaliers.
If Wade chooses the rehab option, he could return to Miami’s lineup in about six weeks, or with around 10 regular-season games remaining. He was presented with his recovery options Thursday, one day after suffering the injury in a collision with Houston’s Shane Battier, but has not announced any final decisions.
Riley said the team “encouraged” Wade to collect more information.
“He’s sore. He’s all strapped in,” said Riley, who spoke with Wade for about 10 minutes by telephone Saturday night. “We had a good conversation.”
That conversation, though, did not include Riley offering any opinions on which tact he wants Wade to take. It was the first time Wade and Riley had spoken since the injury; Riley said he FedEx’ed Wade a letter on Thursday because he was having trouble reaching him by telephone.
“I asked him why I wasn’t in his ’Fave 5,”’ Riley said, referring to Wade’s sponsorship deal with T-Mobile. “I did, because obviously, I wasn’t getting through.”