Dwyane Wade’s Mother Prays for His Injured Knee

by June 13, 2013
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The Miami Heat’s title chances this season and beyond, to a large degree, rest on the health and production of Dwyane Wade. So far in the NBA Finals, he has been mediocre, and the Heat find themselves down 2-1 to the San Antonio Spurs. Wade reveals to SI that his mother looks for divine intervention when it comes his injured right knee: “‘I can feel for him, but I can’t really understand what he’s going through. You appreciate when someone puts their body on the line each and every night when they’re not even close to 100 percent,’ says teammate LeBron James. The seemingly unstoppable and energetic Wade’s scoring average has plummeted since suffering a deep bone bruise against Orlando on March 6. His focus has shifted to hours of treatment before and after each game. Although uncertainty lingers about Wade’s performance, the player finds comfort from his mother, Jolinda Wade, praying for his knee. During the second-round playoff series against the Chicago Bulls, Wade yelled to his mom, ‘Ma! Come and touch my knee and pray on it’, which she continued to do throughout the Eastern Conference finals. ‘People don’t understand the pain that he’s experiencing… but he doesn’t let it stop him. He understands that the body he’s playing in now is not the body that he played in when he came to the league,’ says Wade’s mother Jolinda.”