NBA: With Dwyane Wade Injured, Should Miami Heat Fans Panic?

Philip LombardoCorrespondent IOctober 6, 2010

MIAMI - OCTOBER 05:  Dwyane Wade #3 (R) on the court before taking on the Detroit Pistons on October 5, 2010 in Miami, Florida.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)
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Last night, fans packed American Airlines Arena in Miami to get a glimpse of the "Big Three" in action for the first time. 

LeBron James and Chris Bosh shocked the NBA world, joining Dwyane Wade in South Beach via free agency this summer, and it was time that they gave fans a little dose of what's to come in 2010. 

Three minutes into the game, though, Wade came up limping with a pulled hamstring, and fans were in disbelief.

It is common for a player to be sore coming out of training camp.  The conditioning is hard, the practices are longer, and there is an impression you want to make on coaches going into the season.

With soreness, comes vulnerability. Injuries are going to occur. 

That is why I am here to tell you that, as a basketball fan, you do not need to fret over D-Wade's little incident.   

Wade was confident that the injury wouldn't hold him back much, and he commented on ESPN that he would "rather it now, than later."

Most athletes have pulled their hamstrings. Sometimes you are sore or you don't stretch enough, and you feel that infamous pop. 

It isn't serious, but it needs to be taken care of appropriately in order for it to heal quickly and properly.

Dwyane Wade is a superb athlete. He has won a championship already, and he has dealt with injury before. 

He knows what it takes to combat something as small as this injury, and I am 100-percent sure that he will be back within a couple of weeks, ready to go to start the season.

The injury didn't look serious when it occurred, and it doesn't look serious now. If there is anything fans should be worried about, it is how this team will mesh together when most of them have never played together before.

Personally, during the first game of the season, when Wade is healthy and the Heat are full force, I think you will see one of the greatest teams ever assembled take the court, and I'm not exaggerating.

So don't worry Heat fans, your franchise player is going to be quite alright. Maybe, at the end of the season, when he is possibly holding that NBA Finals trophy, you will all look back at this silly injury and laugh, because it really is no big deal.