Tuesday, May 8th, 2012 at 10:15 am  |  14 responses

Dwyane Wade Uncertain if He’ll Play in the 2012 Olympics

Dwyane Wade says that his participation in this summer’s Olympic games is by no means a guarantee. From NBA.com: “Dwyane Wade sounded slightly less than 100 percent certain he’ll be in London no matter what, even after accepting the invite to what would be his third Olympics after being prodded by his 2008 Beijing teammates (‘Kobe was like, ‘if my old self is playing, you can,’ Wade said) into putting the band back together one last time. ‘I told them, I said, listen, I’m just going to see how I feel,’ Wade said last week. ‘This is about being healthy — I think, for all of us, going into the summer healthy — and taking it from there.’ This was somewhat surprising to [USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo]. ‘You could, today, probably come up with 10 or 11 that look pretty solid unless something happens,’ he said by telephone. ‘Wade’s one of those guys, but if he feels like he doesn’t have anything left or doesn’t think he can go, then we’ll make a decision as to who replaces him. We do have a lot of flexibility because we have guys who can play so many positions.’ Even after all the injuries, the U.S. team will still be loaded at the wing spots, with LeBron James, Bryant, Wade, Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and [James] Harden. Harden’s season in Oklahoma City was too good to ignore when the U.S. coaching and administrative staff met in Las Vegas last week, and it’s likely he’ll be part of the U.S. team going forward in 2014 for the World Cup of Basketball in Spain and the 2016 Olympic team that will play in Brazil; overlapping talent from one cycle to the next is one of Colangelo’s most important precepts.”

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  • FnF

    Brandon Roy is available. Monta Ellis could pitch in for a little bit. Paul George could lend a hand.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Jahmai

    Wow, I hope this is not the beginning of a trend like the Fiba WC 2 years ago, where one cancelation came right after another and it all started with: ‘We’ll see, If I’m healthy.’ Now these are all valid points and a guy like Wade (30) should make sure he takes care of his body, but the Olympics are pretty special. If the guys on the Dream Team did it, everyone should consider it to be an honor.

  • http://abcnews.com charliewinning

    If I were him I wouldn’t go. If the season wasn’t condensed, if guys weren’t battling possible career ending injuries, I’d say go. But they’re loaded. They’ll get over it.

  • AsadSaleh3

    Completely understandable. The Heat/Thunder will most likely be in the Finals which will last until late June. Only a few weeks before USA training camp starts. Will be tough for all of those guys. Anyone who has a problem with him or any of the guys taking the time to make a smart decision about this should put themselves in their shoes. These guys have to rest at some point after this weird season before next season starts. The Dream Team was different because they didn’t play a hectic season like these guys did this season. But with LeBron, Kobe, CP3, Durant, Melo, Westbrook, etc the team will still be great.

  • http://www.slamonline.com spit hot fiyah

    @FnF brandon roy? jamal mashburn is also available. if wade is out, i want to see harden take his place.

  • LA Huey

    “These Olympics should have an asterisk.”

  • Da-Meat-Hook

    I see what you did there, LA Huey!!!

  • http://slamonline.com Datkid

    yo neither of brandon roy’s knees work dog.. Harden should take his place. him or EG

  • jayb

    wade will end up playing..we will see how the rest of this season goes..unless he and gabby are tying the knot..everyone will go cause this is the last go around for coach k..i think they would like to send coach k off in style! book it!

  • bike

    …unless he gets paid.

  • Treshiq

    Dang… i was bummed until i read who would STILL be on the team line up is ill..USA will reign supreme once again…

  • http://ww.realgm.com Watch Out

    illuminati. he knows what’s being planned for the 2012 London Olympics.
    that’s why Dwights not playing, rondo, rose, and bynum are all skipping town for the Olympics.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    LOL @ Huey.

  • RunNGun

    It’s written in the stars… he won’t play unless he gets paid.