Dwyane Wade has advised New Orleans Pelicans star Anthony Davis not to rush back from injury in order to give himself the best opportunity to return to his best.
The Pelicans announced this week that they have decided to shut down Davis for the remainder of the season so he can undergo shoulder and knee surgeries.
The procedure is something Wade is familiar with, from both a mental and physical aspect, having gone through the same process in 2007.
Wade had surgery on his left shoulder and left knee and had to endure a gruelling rehab process and says Davis must remain patient in his recovery and be prepared for the difficult road ahead.
Speaking of Davis in an interview with ESPN, Wade said: "It's going to be a tough road, trust me. "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."
As yet, it is unclear when Davis will have the treatment but when he does, he expects it to sideline him for four or five months. The 23-year-old also revealed he will not be ale to participate in the 2016 Olympics with Team USA. Having won a gold medal in 2012 just prior to his rookie season, Davis was expected to be one of the main figures of the team in Rio.
According to Davis, the decision to have the two surgeries at the same time was mainly prompted by his knee and it was a mutual agreement with the organisation to "knock both of them out at one time."
Wade's decision to go ahead with the multiple procedures in 2007 is one he was very reluctant to do and doesn't look back on it with fond memories.
"I didn't want to have them both at the same time. I fought it to the very last day," Wade said. "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."
The Miami Heat veteran’s best advice for the young big man is to take as much time as possible in his recovery and not try and force a quick return to the court.
"If this is something he's going to go through, the biggest thing is patience," Wade added. "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.
"Coming off this, he has to learn his body, approach it a little differently and take care of his body -- not like a young guy, but like a veteran. He's got to treat his body like a veteran now. If he does that, he'll be fine. He'll be back. And we all know he's capable of playing a lot of great years in this league."