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Dwyane Wade needs knee surgery, withdraws from Olympics

Jun 28, 2012, 4:14 PM EDT

Dwyane Wade Team USA Olympics Getty Images

That Dwyane Wade played as well as he did through the Heat’s title run considering how bad his left knee was in an impressive feat. And his knee was bad.

Wade has learned he will need knee surgery and today called USA Basketball president Jerry Colangelo and coach Mike Krzyzewski to withdraw from Team USA for the London Olympics, reports Tim Reynolds at the Associated Press.

“I’ve decided to listen to my doctors and get the procedure I need on my knee,” Wade told The Associated Press on Thursday. “USA Basketball said I had to what was best for me. They want me to be obviously as healthy as possible so I can continue to play this game at a high level. They were very supportive and told me if I ever want to come around the team, I’m welcome and that I’m part of the family.”

This is not a total surprise to anyone who watched him through the playoffs, he was not his explosive self and had to have his knee drained of fluid during the Indiana series. However, Wade still averaged 22.8 points per game on 46 percent shooting for Miami.

Wade was expected to have an MRI this week before making any decisions on London and his recovery. That clearly told him all he needed to know.

Wade told the AP he expects to be back healthy and ready to go for Miami at training camp.

Team USA is still the gold medal favorite but has lost some key players to injury — Dwight Howard, Derrick Rose, LaMarcus Aldridge and now Wade. Team USA’s camp opens July 5 in Las Vegas.

Colangelo said this about the Team USA’s depth heading into London to Chris Tomasson of Fox Sports Florida:

“I think that with Chris Paul and Kobe and Deron Williams and Russell Westbrook, we’re in good shape.’’ Colangelo said James Harden and Eric Gordon will fight for a spot. Nothing is guaranteed with them.

  1. delfi2 - Jun 28, 2012 at 4:25 PM

    DANG KID!!!! I know you were hurt, but surgery?! I hope its nothing major, just a quick scope to clean out some loose stuff…

    Get well soon. Much respect for playing hurt and still being a major contributor.

  2. terraj35 - Jun 28, 2012 at 4:27 PM

    The article was about Wade having knee surgery but there’s no mention of what he’s having done. Is it one of the cruciate ligaments? Arthroscopic? …How about some details

  3. lmvs2012 - Jun 28, 2012 at 4:28 PM

    No need wade or lebron or howard or rose…with KOBE and PAUL!..its over all countries i wouldnt show up to london f i were u!

  4. readysethike - Jun 28, 2012 at 4:31 PM

    Kobe should sit this one out…

    • sprest83 - Jun 28, 2012 at 4:59 PM

      Why he is a man that wants to represent his country? Unlike Wade that only would do it for the money.

      • delfi2 - Jun 28, 2012 at 5:52 PM

        @sprest83. <—– idiot

      • miamatt - Jun 28, 2012 at 5:55 PM

        If I were a Lakers fan I wouldn’t be happy about my 33 year-old, stem-cell-using franchise cornerstone playing in the Olympics. Get some rest, man!

      • david8726 - Jun 28, 2012 at 6:44 PM

        You realize that Wade has already participated in two Olympics and was not pai for them, right?

        Also, Wade never demanded Olympic pay. He stated that he felt like the athletes should be compensated but he never said he wouldn’t play.

  5. ccshocktalk - Jun 28, 2012 at 4:53 PM

    Listen, the “B” team won the World Championship so that we could even be here; Wade nor Kobe or anyone else from the 2008 Olympic team was even around. That being said the World Championships are way harder than the Olympics are.

    Scratch Derrick Rose and Chauncy because of injury, send Chris Paul and Derron Williams for those replacements, replace Lamar with LeBron and you’ll be all set. Oh and before anyone starts the bickering about Blake Griffin not being on that roster, Blake’s game does not translate very well to the international game…he jumps high and that’s about it….Kevin Love’s game actually translates to internationall bball, spreading the ball, long range jumpers, getting boards, team defense, etc. LeBron is big enough to play the 4 in the NBA and definitely is big enough, fast enough, shoots well enough to do it in international play as well.

    No D-Wade, no problem.

    4 Chauncey Billups out for injury replace with Derron Williams
    5 Kevin Durant
    6 Derrick Rose out for injury replace with Chris Paul
    7 Russell Westbrook
    8 Rudy Gay F
    9 Andre Iguodala F
    10 Danny Granger PF
    11 Stephen CURRY G
    12 Eric Gordon SG
    13 Kevin Wesley Love
    14 Lamar Odom F scratch him for LeBron
    15 Tyson Chandler

  6. sprest83 - Jun 28, 2012 at 4:57 PM

    Surgery? Ha! Only because he isnt getting a fat check to play in the Olympics. #scumbag

    • eddiecrash1976 - Jun 28, 2012 at 5:12 PM

      Umm, in case you havent noticed, nobody is taking your bait. 2012 NBA Champs. ROFLMFAO.Loser.

      • obamablowz - Jun 28, 2012 at 6:44 PM

        Nobody took the bait but eddiecrash1976 that is……

    • thenmoveback - Jun 28, 2012 at 6:22 PM

      Wade never said he wanted a check to play. He was asking y the Nba is making money on the Olympics and not the players playing the game, since the Nba has nothing to do with the Olympic games. Wade has also played on on a Olympic team in 2008 which if I remember he gave his all and was the leading scorer for team USA.

    • david8726 - Jun 28, 2012 at 6:46 PM

      Ya hear that guys? There’s nothing actually wrong with Wade’s knee! He’s gonna have doctors slice him open just for the hell of it!

  7. rickyspanish - Jun 28, 2012 at 4:58 PM


    Deron Williams was always on the team. Billups would’ve been odd man out.

    • ccshocktalk - Jun 28, 2012 at 5:03 PM

      That’s the squad that went to the FIBA world championships, pretty sure that none of the guys from the 2008 olympics went to that tournament because they were securing fat contracts.

    • ccshocktalk - Jun 28, 2012 at 5:09 PM

      the 2008 olympics team was:
      Dwight Howard
      Jason Kidd
      Chris Paul
      Michael Redd

      the team that secured the 2010 FIBA world Championships are

      4 Chauncey Billups out for injury replace with Derron Williams
      5 Kevin Durant
      6 Derrick Rose out for injury replace with Chris Paul
      7 Russell Westbrook
      8 Rudy Gay F
      9 Andre Iguodala F
      10 Danny Granger PF
      11 Stephen CURRY G
      12 Eric Gordon SG
      13 Kevin Wesley Love
      14 Lamar Odom F scratch him for LeBron
      15 Tyson Chandler

  8. lmvs2012 - Jun 28, 2012 at 4:59 PM if kobe sits if i were team usa i wouldnt go to london its a waste of time without kobe..LOLZ!

  9. 1972wasalongtimeago - Jun 28, 2012 at 5:01 PM

    All this does is make the championsip that much more impressive. Wade is the Man. Of course LeBron is the Man too; but for our purposes here, Wade is most definitely The Man!

    • terraj35 - Jun 28, 2012 at 5:18 PM

      The Man? Like Batman? He’s more like Robin. The Man wouldn’t let another guy come to his team in his town and take over from day one. Nice try tho

      • scorp16 - Jun 28, 2012 at 5:35 PM

        Why All the Hate?

        That’s okay let it fester. Soak it up.

        Next year when they repeat you’ll be inconsolable. More amusement for us!

      • david8726 - Jun 28, 2012 at 6:48 PM

        He’s already won a championship as “the man” in 2006.

        He’s older now and recognized that the best way to win a title is to take a lesser role.

        It’s all about winning at the end of the day. Wade did what needed to be done to win. That’s why he’s the man – He put his team above himself.

      • zeedoubleyou - Jun 28, 2012 at 7:33 PM

        Dwayne swallowed his pride and took on the role that would help his team win a championship.

  10. 49erminer4life - Jun 28, 2012 at 5:53 PM

    I dont thank Dwade has a season mvp. Let me guess dallas was ya team last year

  11. truthhurtstoo - Jun 28, 2012 at 8:02 PM

    I see it still stings for some of the poor losers here. Good, enjoy your bile while Miami has the Champions…. the second of many to come.

  12. fanz928 - Jul 2, 2012 at 6:04 PM

    Chris Paul , Kobe , lebron , durant , Tyson, backup love , Gordon, odom and Westbrook

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