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Report: Dwyane Wade up in air about London Olympics

May 8, 2012, 9:51 AM EDT

Dwyane Wade Team USA Olympics Getty Images

Team USA has already lost some guys who would have played key roles at the London Olympics — Dwight Howard in the middle and Derrick Rose at the point.

Now another key contributor could drop out, reports David Aldridge at NBA.com (via Hoopshype).

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 — and I’m sure Kobe said ‘self’ there, aren’t you?) 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.”

That actually seemed to catch USA Basketball president Jerry Colangelo off guard.

“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.”

With our without Wade, the USA will be gold medal favorites, with a team likely to include LeBron James, Kobe, Kevin Durant, Kevin Love and on and on. Spain (with the Gasol brothers plus Serge Ibaka on the front like and veterans everywhere else) is the biggest threat to the USA.

In the end, and with some urging from Converse/Nike, I bet Wade goes. If he doesn’t it almost assures recently-added James Harden would make the team as the other two guard (with Kobe). Harden brings playmaking and a game that fits well in international ball, but he still is not Dwyane Wade.

  1. sloiggles - May 8, 2012 at 11:21 AM

    mighty convenient. Problem is he already said why he doesn’t want to play. He wants to be paid. Screw him. Greedy punk

    • helixro14 - May 8, 2012 at 6:31 PM

      This would be the same D Wade who *voluntarily* took less money when they were signing the Big Three.

  2. mungman69 - May 8, 2012 at 12:33 PM

    What is wrong with getting paid to work?

  3. moseskkim - May 8, 2012 at 1:40 PM

    Wade would be nice but he’s not necessary. Nba players need to take care of their bodies first. Dwade’s been banged up a bit and if his body isn’t right, he shouldn’t play. In the big picture, his future is more important than his role as an Olympian this summer.

  4. tomtravis76 - May 8, 2012 at 1:41 PM

    He should finish the run with Lebron and Melo, those three are responsible for making playing for Team USA important again.

  5. cdins - May 8, 2012 at 2:44 PM

    He wants to be begged. Jerry C ought to grant him the time off. Only guys who really want to compete should go

    • paintman34 - May 8, 2012 at 4:03 PM

      Really? for someone who is injury prone? he’s being smart and thinking about his career that matters and he’s a single father raising 3 kids. a***holes

      • sellahh - May 8, 2012 at 6:21 PM

        You guys are so narrow minded it hurts.
        Wade might be injury prone and that might be the main reason he is… or could be a no-go. But don’t act like a superstar basketball player who’s praised by millions of people wouldn’t fancy being asked to join the team by a big time coach.
        And don’t act like you know something calling him a greedy a$$. Honor and pride is great… and yet health beats honor and pride every minute of every day of the year.
        Don’t act like you’re better or sth because you certainly don’t seem to be able to position yourselves in his skin with ur shortsighted comments.
        Did I mention I don’t like Miami Heat?

  6. jssgriffi - May 8, 2012 at 3:49 PM

    Pussy

    • edweird0 - May 9, 2012 at 10:03 PM

      You shouldn’t speak about yourself like that.

  7. paintman34 - May 8, 2012 at 4:01 PM

    Bet none of u know he lead the team that won the gold medal in scoring

  8. ezmagic - May 8, 2012 at 4:05 PM

    If he doesn’t want to play cause of injury or he’s just tired, fine but don’t let it be about $ wade. You greedy a$$. You’ll be playing for your country. It’s about honor and pride for your countrymen. Selfish…

  9. cantonbound13 - May 9, 2012 at 6:04 AM

    Who cares. Most Americans don’t like him or LeBron anyway. Not a big loss if either of the 2 divas don’t play.

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