Dwyane Wade was shooting around after Bulls practice with passes from Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg and assistant Jim Boylen, apparently over his recent bout with the debilitating migraine headache that caused him to miss most of the second half of Wednesday’s game against the Brooklyn Nets.
With the last two games of the calendar year up ahead, Hoiberg said Wade should be good to go against the Indiana Pacers and Milwaukee Bucks on back-to-back nights starting Friday.
Having dealt with it in spurts throughout his career, it crept up on him last week before the Bulls played the Charlotte Hornets, as he missed the morning shootaround but played. It came back in full effect Wednesday, and Wade said he was having trouble with his vision and recognizing his wife sitting courtside.
“It’s something he has dealt with his whole career. He has missed a couple games every year because of it,” Hoiberg said. “It’s something you have to try to manage. It’s something where certain things may trigger it. Usually he says he wakes up with it if it does happen, like he did last week.
“But it subsided as the day went on, and he was able to play in the game. That was the first time we had to pull him out of a game because of it. And obviously, he’s a key member of our team down the stretch and we missed him.”
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Wade missed games before during his career with the Heat when the migraines left him unable to play, and Hoiberg knows it’s something that likely will pop up again during his time in Chicago.
It’s more than just your random headache that a Tylenol can cure, and because of its unpredictable nature, there’s no way Wade or even the Bulls can prepare for it.
“No, it's just something that will pop up a few more times this year, deal with it the best way you can,” Hoiberg said. “We're fortunate to finish the game without him last night. He knows what triggers it, and he has to do the best job possible to limit the times it happens to him over the course of the season.”