wade2_web.jpgLONDON — Dwyane Wade's recovery from knee surgery is right on schedule and the All-Star guard expects to be ready to go when the Miami Heat open the defense of their NBA championship.

“I feel good. Rehab is going very well,” Wade said in London for a promotional appearance at NBA House for Gatorade, one of his longtime sponsors, and its sports science institute.“I'm happy with it. I'm more encouraged than I was, obviously, when I knew I had to get surgery. So I'm happy,” he said.

If the knee surgery wasn't needed, Wade would have been in London for another reason: playing in the Olympics with the U.S. squad, which went on to win a gold medal against Spain.

He had surgery on his left knee on July 9, after helping the Heat win the NBA championship despite his being bothered by knee pain and swelling throughout the playoffs. Once it was determined that he needed surgery, he removed his name from consideration for the Olympic team.

He started rehabbing almost immediately after surgery, first trying to build strength in his hip and knee areas. He expects to do more intense training, which would coincide with the start of a tour to promote his book about fatherhood that comes out Sept. 4.

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