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Dwyane Wade regrets the 2002 knee surgery he says causes his ongoing knee problems
It has become the fashion in basketball circles to note that Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade is not the landscape-altering player he once was.
After 10 seasons of heavy minutes, many responsibilities, and more than a few serious injuries, Wade has looked significantly less explosive and more limited during the Heat’s recent championship runs.
He’s still an essential player to the team, but it’s clear that age has caught up with him just a little bit. A younger player would not be dealing with regular knee treatments in the middle of the postseason.
Wade, to his credit, is aware that something’s up. At Heat training camp in the Bahamas, he revealed what he believes to be the cause of his current issues. From Brian Windhorst for ESPN.com:
With hindsight, Dwyane Wade says surgery to remove the meniscus from his left knee 11 years ago while he was at Marquette led to the ongoing knee problems he’s had with the Miami Heat.
Wade has battled chronic knee issues over his career. He needed a second surgery on his left knee in 2012 and has also battled bone bruises and tendinitis.
Wade said that if more of a long-term approach was used when he had his meniscus surgery in 2002, following his sophomore season, he may not have as many issues today.
“My knee problems and the things I’ve dealt with started from that,” Wade said. “That was  years ago and technology was different and the way you approach things was different.
“At that moment, if everyone looked ahead and said, ‘Dwyane’s going to have a 20-year career, maybe we should do something different,’ maybe I wouldn’t have [knee issues]. At that time it was to get me back on the basketball court and do what is best.”