- Last Updated: 9:08 AM, July 10, 2012
- Posted: 2:32 AM, July 10, 2012
Dwyane Wade of the NBA champion Heat underwent surgery yesterday on his left knee, and is expected to need up to eight weeks to fully recover.
Wade can begin therapy immediately and the Heat said the All-Star guard is expected to be ready for the start of training camp. The procedure took just 20 minutes, and Wade wrote on his Twitter page that he is “doing fine.”
Heat team physician Harlan Selesnick performed the operation at Doctors Hospital in Coral Gables, just outside of Miami.
Wade was bothered by knee pain and swelling throughout the playoffs. He had fluid removed midway through Miami’s second-round series with Indiana and needed treatment several times a week during Miami’s run to the title.
He opted to have the knee surgery early in the offseason with hopes of being ready to begin the season on time. The surgery forced Wade to withdraw from consideration for the U.S. Olympic team.
Wade played in all 23 Heat playoff games despite the knee problems.
KINGS: Sacramento signed first-round pick Thomas Robinson to a rookie contract.
The Kings selected Robinson with the fifth overall pick in the NBA draft.
Robinson, the first unanimous first-team All-American since Blake Griffin, led the Jayhawks to the national championship game against Kentucky, where Kansas lost 67-59. He averaged 17.9 points and 11.8 rebounds in 31.8 minutes per game in his junior season and led the nation with 27 double-doubles. Robinson also was the Big 12 Player of the Year.
Terms of the deal were not announced.
BULLS: Veteran guard Kirk Hinrich has agreed to a deal to return to Chicago.
A person with knowledge of the NBA confirmed the deal on condition of anonymity because it has not been announced.Follow @NYPostsports