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Friday, Sep. 7, 2012

Wade keeping busy during offseason

AP

MIAMI — Dwyane Wade's offseason is now pretty much over.

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Putting it in perspective: Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade signs a copy of his book "A Father First: How My Life Became Bigger Than Basketball" at a party in New York on Wednesday. AP

The Miami Heat still have more than three 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'll spend the next couple weeks bouncing from coast to coast on a tour for his book on fatherhood that was released Tuesday.

It means long, not-exactly-relaxing days will be the norm for Wade until training camp. Case in point: He was out of his hotel room in New York before 8 a.m. Tuesday, 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 the next couple weeks, that'll be 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 Tuesday, 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."

Wade said his rehab is ahead of schedule. He was on the court for workouts last week.

Clearly, though, he's not going to maniacally test his knee for a while. With his itinerary of promoting "A Father First: How My Life Became Bigger Than Basketball" in New York jampacked through the rest of this week, before the tour moves on to other cities, Wade is taking a few days off from court work.

Wade signed 575 copies of his book at two events on Tuesday, both of which had people lining up hours before the doors opened.

One man told him he flew in from China just to get an autograph. A woman told him she missed her first day of classes at Penn State to make the trip to New York and stand in line to spend a few seconds with him instead.



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