Dwyane Wade on 2012 Olympics: ‘This is My Last Run’

by January 03, 2012

Dwyane Wade tells Fox Sports that this will be his last time taking part in the Olympic Games for USA Basketball: “The Miami Heat guard, who won a bronze medal in Athens in 2004 and gold in Beijing in 2008, said Sunday night that 2012 in London will mark his final Olympics. ‘This is my last run,’ Wade, 29, said. ‘No chance (Wade will return for another Olympics). No chance at all. Not a chance.’ Wade initially had believed he was through after 2008. ‘I thought I was done after the last one,’ Wade said. ‘There are so many great young players in this league, and you want to give everybody an opportunity to be able to play on that stage. And I’ve been able to play on that stage two times already. I got a chance to win my gold medal so I thought, ‘This is a great way to end it.’ So what convinced Wade to come back for one more Olympics? ‘All the guys kind of were like, ‘You’re playing,’ Wade said of some of his Olympic teammates working him over last year, namely Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul and LeBron James. ‘Melo, CP, Bron, they wouldn’t let me think about not playing. So everybody kind of convinced me, ‘We’re going to do it again together.’ And I told them if they’re back in, I’m in.’ USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo said last week that between 18-20 finalists for the final Olympic 12-man roster will be named in late January. Wade is considered a shoo-in to eventually make it to London.”