USA Men’s basketball team may absorb another blow to their campaign after Dwyane Wade hinted that he could skip the team’s campaign in the upcoming 2012 London Olympics.
After winning his 2nd NBA title recently with a masterful 4-1 series win over the Oklahoma City Thunder, Wade announced that his ailing knee, which was drained during the second round of the playoffs, may keep him out of the squad.
According to Wade, an MRI has been scheduled to know the extent of his knee problems, which has bothered him throughout the recently concluded NBA season.
“I’ve got to make a decision on what my knee needs and what’s best, because my career and finishing my career strong is what’s important to me,” Wade said. “And I know, yeah, the Olympics are coming up. It’s something I really want to do. But at the same time, if I have to make a big decision, if something has to happen surgery-wise, that will have to be a step I have to take.”
Wade also said that his number one commitment is the Miami Heat and his future, but he reiterated that it will be very difficult for him emotionally to miss the Olympics in which he formed great bond with his national team teammates.
“I loved what we had and what we shared as a unit,” Wade said. “The possibility of not being able to do that, man, it’s a little different.”
Wade could be added in the list of stars that will not make it to London after Chauncey Billups, Dwight Howard, and Derrick Rose were earlier ruled out of the squad due to injuries.
The USA Men’s squad will convene in Las Vegas for the start of their training camp on July 6, followed by their training in Washington a week later. They will fly to Manchester to face Great Britain on July 17 and 20, before starting their Olympic campaign on the 29th against France.