â€¢ MIAMI - Heat guard Dwyane Wade had surgery Tuesday on his left shoulder and left knee, and the MVP of last season's NBA Finals might need the remainder of the offseason to fully recover.
Wade averaged 27.4 points this past season for the Heat, missing 31 games with a variety of injuries - primarily a dislocated left shoulder suffered in February.
But it was the knee, not the shoulder, that pained Wade most once he returned to the Heat lineup with six games remaining in the regular season. Commonly called "jumper's knee," his condition caused him to wince while trying to dunk, and Wade often said that he didn't have enough explosiveness to be his usual self on the floor.
Recovery times from such a surgery vary. Miami coach Pat Riley said last week that if Wade had surgery on both the knee and shoulder, it "might take six months" for the guard to recover.
Either way, the knee surgery will likely keep Wade from joining USA Basketball for this summer's FIBA Americas Championship, a qualifying tournament for next year's Olympic Games in Beijing. The FIBA event in Las Vegas begins Aug. 22.
Warriors' Davis disciplined but not suspended
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â€¢ SALT LAKE CITY - Golden State guard Baron Davis was cleared to play in Game 5 of the Western Conference semifinals on Tuesday despite his flagrant foul on Utah's Derek Fisher in Game 4.
The play from late in Utah's 115-101 victory on Sunday happened away from the ball and was not seen by officials. On Tuesday the NBA reviewed it and gave Davis a flagrant foul, but did not suspend him.
"It was a relief, but I didn't think I was going to get suspended anyway. I didn't feel that I should have been suspended," Davis said. With 1:37 left in the game and the Jazz on their way to taking a 3-1 series lead, Davis and Fisher were running up the court when Davis stopped and Fisher didn't. Fisher ran into Davis' elbow and immediately dropped to the floor holding his head.
There was no foul called on the play.
The league looked at the replay and gave Davis a Type II flagrant foul, which would have meant an automatic ejection had it been called during the game. "I think it's fair," Davis said. "I didn't intend to hurt nobody out there, especially a good friend in Derek Fisher." Davis apologized to Fisher, who was well enough to finish the game. Fisher said any discipline was up to the league, not him. "I think the game is played at too intense of a level and too emotional of a level to be able to after a game go back and judge what a guy's intention was," Fisher said.