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Thursday, August 2nd, 2012 at 9:20 am  |  10 responses

Dwyane Wade Traveling to Root for Team USA in London


DWade’s knee surgery this summer made it impossible to play for Team USA in the Olympics, but the Miami Heat superstar guard will be on hand next week, cheering on his buddies as they go for the Gold. From USA Today: “Dwyane Wade knows his close friends Chris Paul, Carmelo Anthony and LeBron James. ‘CP (Paul) is the more serious one out of all of us,’ Wade says. ‘He’s more the captain. He’s the point guard. He’s the leader. … He’s got that thing with the little-man complex as well.’ Anthony? ‘Melo is like that big brother you’d like to be like. He’s just cool. His name speaks for itself,’ Wade says. And James? ‘Bron is as silly as it gets,’ Wade says. ‘Obviously, when he’s around us, he can let loose and be himself and not worry about being judged because he has to deal with a lot more than the rest of us have to deal with.’ Wade knows himself, too. ‘I’m a combination of all of it,’ he says. ‘I’m silly. I can be serious because I’m the oldest one. I can be cool and do my own thing as well.’ The four friends have been an integral part of USA Basketball’s men’s national team renaissance since 2006, after the disappointing third-place finish in the 2004 Athens Olympics. Wade isn’t playing in the London Games — the 2-0 U.S. squad plays Nigeria on Thursday at 5:15 p.m. ET — because he opted to have surgery on his left knee after the NBA Finals to alleviate discomfort. ‘Obviously, I wish I could be there and playing,’ Wade said. ‘Those are my guys. This probably would have been my last hurrah. I wanted to do it again.’ Instead, Wade, who won gold in 2008, is scheduled to arrive in London next week. The friendship began a decade ago when they began playing against each other either in summer camps or AAU games. James, Anthony and Wade were the Nos. 1, 3 and 5 picks in the 2003 draft, respectively. Paul was the fourth pick in the 2005 draft. ‘Me and LeBron, we’ve been together since high school. D-Wade was right there, too. We go way back,’ Anthony said. ‘With Chris Paul, we brought him along. Each day, we became closer.’”

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  • Rhubarb Rhino

    They will all play together somewhere in their mid thirties. Just take a pay cut and ride into the sunset for a couple seasons!

  • http://www.slamonline.com Nick Tha Quick

    So in other words, Dwade admits that he actually travels?

  • http://thahiphopcorner.com Kevin

    I really wish this squad could’ve been at full strength with DWade, Derrick Rose and Dwight.

  • http://thahiphopcorner.com Kevin

    I really wish this squad could’ve been at full strength with DWade, Derrick Rose and Dwight.

  • YeahYeah

    D.Wade is washed up.

  • MUBWAR

    washed up with 2 rings. stop sipping on haterade

  • Ldub

    How is someone that is only 30 washed up? Dude put up 22ppg in the playoffs with a bum knee.
    co-sign MUBWAR

  • http://www.rich-imaging.com Dutch Rich

    Nick with the win!!

  • 1990Leo

    d.wade is washed up,lebron carried this team in the finals,so both (mubwar and ldub)need to stfu and sit in the corner.

  • Fan

    No wade no finals trophy for lebron. Ask lebron if dwade is washed up…

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