The Heat have been hard stuck by injury for the past four seasons with forward Chris Bosh’s recurring blood clots proving costly both on and off the court. However, Bosh was waived prior to the start of last season and the team still finished near the bottom in the league for games lost to injury or illness.
Bone injuries were the primary culprit with Rodney McGruder and Okaro White combining to miss over 100 games with fractures in their lower extremities. Center Hassan Whiteside missed an additional 18 games with a bone contusion in his knee. Even Dion Waiters’ ankle surgery had a bony component to it as he also had a navicular fracture in his foot repaired at the same time.
Several other Heat players went under the knife during the offseason including Tyler Johnson (ligament tear in his thumb) and James Johnson (sports hernia). T. Johnson was an active participant while J. Johnson is just now nearing a return.
Jay Sabol returns for his eight year as head athletic trainer and will look to replicate the success he displayed when he first took the job. In his first three years after taking over for long-time AT Ron Culp, the Heat finished in the top 10 for fewest games missed to injury or illness. Keeping Dwyane Wade healthy for his swansong season will be a top priority.