Dwyane Wade's offseason is now pretty much over.
The Miami Heat still have some two weeks before assembling for training camp and starting the defense of their NBA title but, for Wade, summer vacation is essentially complete.
He's been cleared to return to the court and rehab from offseason knee surgery, a process he's already started. And he has been spending a couple of weeks bouncing from coast to coast on a tour for his book on fatherhood that was released Sept. 4.
It means long, not-exactly-relaxing, days is the norm for Wade until training camp. Case in point: He was out of his hotel room in New York before 8 a.m. Sept. 4 and didn't return until after midnight, at least a half-dozen events jamming his calendar.
He calls the people around him Team No Sleep and, for a couple of weeks, that is accurate.
“I think when it's hard to find the energy I think about all the things I want to do,” Wade said. “Whenever I feel like I don't have the energy, I have to go back and think about where I've come. This is what I wanted so let's keep going, let's keep pushing, let's keep doing.”
That's his business mantra. It also applies to basketball.
Miami's first game against the Boston Celtics isn't until Oct. 30, so there's plenty of time to get sharp. But Wade's process of getting ready for his 10th NBA season, physically and mentally, is under way. He had a couple slices of pizza for lunch, meaning that when he got to the taping of CBS' Late Show with David Letterman, Wade had to pass on cookies left in his dressing room.
Such is life for those who want more NBA titles.
“It's about now I start thinking about certain things,” Wade said. “The season, it's still back here, in the back of my mind. It's not right here yet, not all the way in the front of my mind yet. But we're getting closer.''
* pictured above is Dwyane Wade