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Friday, January 24th, 2014 at 10:40 am  |  20 responses

USA Basketball Says Time ‘to Move on’ from Dwyane Wade

Team USA chairman Jerry Colangelo left the gimpy Dwyane Wade off the latest pool of players, and basically declared Wade’s international hoops career over. Per the Miami Herald:

It has been a trying week for Wade, who addressed his health on Twitter on Wednesday, an off day for the Heat.

“Thanks to every[one] who has been concerned about my health this year,” Wade wrote. It’s mentally challenging to say the least…But you don’t get results by being mentally defeated. I’m in the lab trying to get better everyday for my team.”

Heat coach Erik Spoelstra on Thursday morning said Wade’s absence from the lineup isn’t cause for concern, but this is the longest stretch of inactivity for Wade this season. He sat out two-straight games twice before.

Adding to Wade’s sobering week, USA Basketball left Wade off of its player pool for 2014-16, meaning it’s highly unlikely that Wade will represent the United States in the 2016 Rio Games. Injuries prevented Wade from competing in the 2012 London Olympics.

On a conference call on Thursday morning, USA Basketball Chairman Jerry Colangelo cited Wade’s “physical situation” for not naming Wade to the current U.S. player pool.

“We appreciate the service he gave us … but it’s time for us to move on,” Colangelo said.

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  • playa

    He&Bron bron were a bit dissapointing in 2006, but in 2008 Dwyane was just frickin DESTROYING everyone , he had too much skill and FAR too much energy for anyone to even try to handle him in those olympics I’m middle ground fan as far as Wade is concerned,but he was just a PLEASURE to watch in 2008 tournament.

  • LLC#12

    I’m sure Dwyane knew his time on the international scene is over. It’s a lot of strain on the body to spend the summer competing instead of resting, and for a lot of players, the longevity of your career isn’t worth risking for the sake of International ball.
    I think this tournament might be the end of an era with regards to certain players who’ve been major players on the international scene perhaps having their swansong, like Pau, Navarro, Parker, Kleiza, Ginobili & Prigioni the Lavrinovic brothers, maybe even Spanoulis.

    New stars may be born though. Dante Exum, Dario Saric, Karl Towns, Facundo Campazzo, Bogdan Bogdanovic are all young guys who should get solid minutes for their teams. I also think this may be Bojan Bogdanovic’ last season before he moves to the NBA, so he will be eager to show the world his talent.
    IF Canada get a wild card, (highly unlikely IMO), they will be a team bursting with young talent as well.

    Going to be an exciting summer to say the least. If Spain are ever going to beat the USA, the time is now. A home tournament, the last hurrah for Pau and JC, and a whole roster of excellent players in or entering their primes…

  • Sizzle

    Co-Sign. If you watch highlights of the 2008 Gold Medal Game against Spain, without D-Wade absolutely torching them, it’s very likely the US could have lost. I will never forget his performance in that game. He had everything working. Vintage

  • pposse

    Wade is in the lab testing out that hgh juice

  • Anthony

    Legalizing HGH for athletes would easily give us 2-3 more years of Dwade and Kobe….and even Vinsanity!

  • spit hot fiyah

    not legalizing it will probably do the same thing

  • pposse

    it would also distort stats if didn’t already do that seeing as how there is plenty of evidence of stars on it as we speak…

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    what evidence?

  • pposse

    well for one CPeeWee’s first order of business as player president to fight future hgh testing..whats up with that?!

  • Anthony

    Agreed, but the underlying fact is that there would be a vast difference in the Kobe, VC and DWade we’d see for those 2-3 years.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    idk really, i mean i understand the concept but that’s not evidence that players are currently using HGH at any sort of significant level.

  • ARISE CHICKEN

    lebron is hearing this

  • brothasdontsurf

    I miss Rudy :/

  • playa

    In the final in the 4th it was just Wade&Kobe vs Spain and boy they did manage to win !!!

  • bike

    Not likely. No evidence that it reverses effects of aging.

  • spit hot fiyah

    probably not since they can take it now if they really wanted since the testing system is so flawed

  • http://RAPTORS.COM/ BRAVO

    I remember he caught a windmill alley opp against Canada. Shit a was crazy!

  • TriggaMan

    Yea him and Melo were lights out

  • http://triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    Lakers removed hgh from steve nash’s almond milk and look what happened… : – /

  • Pais

    Nice post. Bogdanovic at just 19 is already one helluva player, the kid has a bright future ahead of him. Sergio has been off the charts, looks like he’ll fill Navarro’s shoes perfectly.

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