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Dwyane Wade advises Anthony Davis not to rush back


If there’s one NBA player who understands all too well what Anthony Davis is going through right now it’s Dwyane Wade.

With the news that the New Orleans Pelicans young superstar reportedly plans to undergo two surgeries — one on his left shoulder (which apparently has bothered him for three years) and the other on his right knee — the Miami Heat veteran provided words of encouragement prior to what undoubtedly will be a tough road ahead.

“It’s going to be a tough road, trust me,” Wade told ESPN’s Michael Wallace at Heat practice ahead of the team’s game against Davis’ Pelican squad Tuesday night. “When you’re young like he is, you can bounce back from these things, especially with how advanced things are today. He’s got all the talent in the world. I’m sure he’s going to be fine.”

The parallels between what lies ahead for Davis and what happened to Wade early on in his career are almost uncanny. Like Davis, Wade was in his fourth NBA season when he elected to undergo both shoulder and knee surgeries at the end of the 2006-07 season.

“It sucked. It was hard, man,” Wade recalled. “I didn’t want to have them both at the same time. I fought it to the very last day. I didn’t agree to do it until I went in there that day to the hospital. For one, I knew how difficult it was already going to be to rehab a shoulder. That’s six months. And then, it’s the knee too.”

It took Wade 14 months to return to form after those two procedures. And the one piece of advice he has for Davis — who has dealt with myriad minor injuries throughout his early NBA career — is not to rush things, be patient and make sure he’s fully ready before returning.

“If this is something he’s going to go through, the biggest thing is patience,” he said. “It’s not coming back from those procedures too soon. I got those surgeries [in May], and I think I was there trying to do stuff in training camp. But maybe I should have waited longer to make sure I was 100 percent or as close to it as I could be. So it’s more about patience than anything. Eventually, you bounce back.”

Before shutting it down this week, Davis was averaging 24.3 points, 10.3 rebounds and two blocks per game in an otherwise disappointing Pelicans season.