Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade missed a Thursday night game against the Utah Jazz to be with his son Zion, who was hospitalized with an “undisclosed illness.”
Wade returned to practice on Saturday and spoke to reporters about his absence, but did not give any further details about his son’s condition.
“I don’t want to get into what happened, but just know that I appreciate everyone’s support,” Wade said at AmericanAirlines Arena. “[Zion] is not out of the woods yet, but hopefully soon he will be. Right now, it’s just about seeing a progression every day.”
Wade said the past few days had been physically and emotionally draining, and that getting back to basketball Saturday was tough. He mentioned having very little sleep since Thursday, when he missed the team’s morning shootaround for what was then listed as personal reasons. Heat coach Erik Spoelstra confirmed that Wade was at the hospital with Zion later Thursday.
“Everybody understood why I wasn’t playing the other night,” Wade said. “It was good getting back out here. It felt like I was off for three weeks. I couldn’t breathe. So it was good to get out here and blow it out a little bit, being out here with the guys in the midst of them talking junk to each other. We had our whole group in here today, which was great.”