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Complete Health Status for Every Miami Heat Player at Start of 2012-13 NBA

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Complete Health Status for Every Miami Heat Player at Start of 2012-13 NBA
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Dwyane Wade

The Miami Heat, despite their core being patched together relatively quickly, are far from the youngest team in the NBA, which poses a problem when it comes to injury. It is no surprise that the NBA grind can take a major toll on the body of a player, and some veterans have been battling this grueling schedule for over 10 years.

Few players go through their entire career without any serious injuries, as basketball is quite the physical sport.

The Miami Heat faced many physical ailments, albeit minor, last season but still managed to capture the elusive Larry O'Brien Trophy. However, the rise of the Eastern Conference with the Brooklyn Nets, Indiana Pacers, New York Knicks and Philadelphia 76ers, along with the elder Boston Celtics, will definitely pose challenges for the defending champions.

Nonetheless, staying healthy needs to be a goal for this squad. In a league filled with uncertainty and talent, health is one of the larger question marks that can be the difference between a first-round exit and a second title.

Let's hope Miami heeds this warning.

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