Dwyane Wade's knees have become quite problematic in the last few seasons and entering his 11th year in the NBA, he's happy to still be trucking along. Wade has been working with renowned trainer Tim Grover to lose weight and gain strength before this year to prepare for the beating of an 82-game schedule.
On Wednesday, Wade spoke about his knee issues and revealed that a surgery during his college days at Marquette removed his meniscus and has likely led to the issues in his left knee, according to Brian Windhorst of ESPN.
"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."
The Miami Heat guard contrasted his surgery to the surgery given to Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook this summer. Westbrook had another surgery because of a problem resulting from the first procedure, which repaired the meniscus instead of removing it -- it's a longer recovery time than removing the meniscus but better for the longterm, Wade said.
During the Heat's 2013 run to the NBA title, Wade battled bone bruises and tendinitis. He has undergone multiple surgeries on his knees throughout his career and has used shockwave therapy to battle tendinitis.
Bulls' Rose would go at anyone
Why did Rose take off the entire 2012-13 season despite seemingly having recovered from his ACL tear a year prior? Often, the reason dealt with the Chicago Bulls point guard's violent, attacking style that only worked because of his athleticism.
Mentally, he never felt comfortable to return. But in training camp so far, it's clear that the old D-Rose is back.
Rose told the media on Wednesday -- after running with the Bulls in a five-on-five scrimmage -- he isn't going to back down from anyone. Not an opponent, not his teammates in practice and not his own mother.
"I'm a guy where whoever is on the court, I'm going to go at them," Rose said. "If it's my teammates -- it could be my mom on the court, she's going to get killed. I could care less. For me, I'm just trying to build that mentality where I don't care who's out there, I'm trying to play the same way."
Sanders takes jab at Jennings
Milwaukee Bucks center Larry Sanders took a post-parting shot at new Detroit Pistons point guard Brandon Jennings. When Sanders was asked about his former teammate's fit with a versatile frontcourt in Detroit, the big man raised some eyebrows. Per Fox Sports Wisconsin's Andrew Gruman:
"He has to pass it to them first," Sanders said.
Jennings grew the reputation in Milwaukee as a talented young point guard, but someone with poor shot selection, the same deal as his former backcourt mate Monta Ellis, who is now in Dallas.
Bogut hasn't had extension talks with Warriors
Golden State Warriors center Andrew Bogut is entering a contract year. His health is finally allowing him to talk confidently about his game, but the Warriors will need to make a decision about the former No. 1 overall pick.
Bogut wants to remain in Golden State, but there have been no discussions about contract extensions, according to The San Jose Mercury News.
"There haven't been (talks)," Bogut said. "But I want to stay here, if I can. I like the organization, I like the direction, I like the owners, I love the coaches, I love the players.I honestly want to stay here.
"But I'm not (overlooking) that I've been hurt, so my value has been diminished a little bit. And obviously I want to have a good year."
Knicks will try traditional approach
Last season, New York Knicks head coach Mike Woodson turned out looking smart for trying something new. With a frontcourt that was always small but also injury-riddled, he played All-Star Carmelo Anthony at power forward. The move ended up allowing Anthony to have his best season in the league thus far.
But the Knicks might attempt to go with a more traditional lineup, at least in terms of size. They acquired 7' shooter Andrea Bargnani from the Toronto Raptors with the thought he'd fill in for Amare Stoudemire, the power forward who continues to battle knee problems.
According to the New York Daily News, Bargnani might do what Stoudemire wasn't planning on doing even if he's healthy -- starting.
"I'm going to experiment a little with the big lineup," Woodson said on Wednesday of possibly starting Andrea Bargnani at power forward. "Since I've been here we've been pretty good at the four. That's not to say (Anthony) can't play three."
Anthony told the Daily News he'd be happy to play either forward position but leaned toward the expectation he'd return to the small forward spot.
New York brings CDR to camp
The Knicks invited 26-year-old journeyman Chris Douglas-Roberts to training camp, according to Newsday. The shooting guard out of Memphis has averaged 7.5 points in 161 games with the New Jersey Nets, Dallas Mavericks and Milwaukee Bucks.
Last season, Douglas-Roberts averaged 17.5 points and 6.0 rebounds with the Texas Legends, the Mavs' D-League affiliate.