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Chris Bosh pulls name from Olympic consideration

Jun 29, 2012, 12:58 PM EDT

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Team USA takes another blow to its front line.

Chris Bosh played through an injury to beat Boston and win an NBA championship, but he never fully recovered from his abdominal strain that had him out for nine games of the playoffs.

To recover from that, he has pulled his name from consideration for the United States Olympic Team headed to London, reports the Associated Press after speaking with Bosh’s agent.

Pat Riley suggested this might be coming, via Chris Tomasson at Fox Sports Florida.

“Chris is still nursing an injury,” Riley said. “He had a significant abdominal injury. If we weren’t in the playoffs against Boston, he probably would not have played for another three or four weeks.”

Bosh is the second Miami Heat player to withdraw from the competition in as many days, Dwyane Wade announced the same thing Thursday saying he needs to undergo knee surgery.

Losing Bosh leaves Team USA a little thin along the front lines — Dwight Howard and LaMarcus Aldridge have already withdrawn their names due to injury (as has Derrick Rose). That will leave Tyson Chandler as the starting and only traditional center, after that guys like Kevin Love will need to step in and play the five.

Coach Mike Krzyzewski has a pre-camp workout planned with Blake Griffin, Lamar Odom and Anthony Davis. That takes on an added significance now.

The USA will still be loaded with talent, but missing those guys along the front line will matter if, as expected, Team USA has to face Spain for the Gold medal. Spain starts Marc and Pau Gasol up front and brings Serge Ibaka off the bench, the USA will need size to combat that.

  1. delfi2 - Jun 29, 2012 at 1:16 PM

    Alright, so where are the people who make silly comments about how he isnt getting paid, so thats why he wont play? Only DWade gets that treatment? #haters

    • borderline1988 - Jun 29, 2012 at 1:27 PM

      Didn’t Wade actually complain about not getting paid, which is why he took so much flack?

      I think that was even before anyone knew that he would withdraw….

      • reesesteel23 - Jun 29, 2012 at 2:36 PM

        Didnt complain about not getting paid. They asked him if he thinks they SHOULD be paid. and he said…well…..Yes…nothing more…nothing less

  2. acdc363 - Jun 29, 2012 at 1:17 PM

    The olympics are gonna suck.

    • ccshocktalk - Jun 29, 2012 at 2:05 PM

      Um, in case you are unaware of the team that won the FIBA world Championship, not a single guy from the 2008 Olympic gold team went to the World Championships and got the gold for us…it was considered “the b team”…they went in there and spanked everybody…no Bosh, no Wade, no LeBron, no Kobe….these olympics will not suck…they are fueled by the playoff race the NBA just had and you’ll see LeBron, Kevin Durrant, Westbrook, Kevin Love,Tyson Chandler, Kobe, Chris Paul, absolutely just dominate everybody.

      • blackandbluedivision - Jun 29, 2012 at 3:01 PM

        Were you aware of who they played:

        Croatia – 0 NBA players
        Slovenia – 2 NBA players (only one still in the league)
        Brazil – 2 NBA players (won by two)
        Iran – 1 NBA player
        Tunisia – 0 NBA players
        Angoloa – 0 NBA players
        Russia – 1 NBA player
        Lithuania – 1 NBA player
        Turkey – 4 NBA players
        ______________________________________

        Aside from Turkey who were they really playing?!

  3. hartdaddy - Jun 29, 2012 at 1:21 PM

    Here comes Anthony Davis, damn our bigs won’t be able to score much but the USA teams Defensive should be lockdown in the paint.

  4. packersareandwillalwaysbebetterthanthebears - Jun 29, 2012 at 1:23 PM

    I’m surprised about no mention of LeBron’s increased post game. I’m sure he will find a way to play and defend the 4 if need be

  5. dgbk - Jun 29, 2012 at 1:28 PM

    @delfi

    No one is hatin on wade. he made silly statements than backed off from them. To my knowledge Bosh never said he need money to play for USA.

    “It’s a lot of things you do for the Olympics — a lot of jerseys you sell,” Wade said after the Heat’s practice on Wednesday in advance of Thursday’s game against Chicago. “We play the whole summer. I do think guys should be compensated.” D-Wade

  6. miamatt - Jun 29, 2012 at 2:23 PM

    Bosh made the right choice- nobody who isn’t 100% should be playing in the Olympics. Team USA will be just fine.

  7. stlouis1baseball - Jun 29, 2012 at 2:55 PM

    Put Roy Hibbert on the team!

    • manilamobb - Jun 29, 2012 at 7:21 PM

      I dont know why Hibberts not even a consideration…no love for Indiana.

    • pglive21 - Jun 29, 2012 at 10:13 PM

      Hibbert can’t play on the team because he previously represented Jamaica in an international competition. He’s trying to get released from those obligations because he could definitely contribute to the US Olympic team but it’s really out of his hands.

      http://www.latinbasket.com/Jamaica/basketball.asp?NewsID=271820

  8. ccshocktalk - Jun 29, 2012 at 3:35 PM

    blackandbluedivision – Jun 29, 2012 at 3:01 PM
    Were you aware of who they played:

    Croatia – 0 NBA players
    Slovenia – 2 NBA players (only one still in the league)
    Brazil – 2 NBA players (won by two)
    Iran – 1 NBA player
    Tunisia – 0 NBA players
    Angoloa – 0 NBA players
    Russia – 1 NBA player
    Lithuania – 1 NBA player
    Turkey – 4 NBA players
    ______________________________________

    Aside from Turkey who were they really playing?!

    Just so you know, it wasn’t like argentina and spain weren’t in there with their NBA players, they couldn’t get past the competition to get to the gold medal round, so i wouldn’t be too worried about it.

    I would take the roster beneath remove Lamar because he’s lazy, add Chris Paul and Derron Williams for Rose and Billups because they are injured. Scratch Steph Curry too so he can rest and add Kobe Bryant. Start Tyson at center, LeBron at 4 Durrant at 3 Kobe at 2 and Westbrook at 1 and you can run and gun all day long… or you can stretch the floor and shoot threes and 15 foot jump shots. Either way the “b team” went and dominated the world, whether or not the worlds best was able to make it to the gold medal round to contend with them is not “the b team”‘s problem….

    4 Chauncey Billups injured, replace with chris paul
    5 Kevin Durant
    6 Derrick Rose injured, replace with derron williams
    7 Russell Westbrook
    8 Rudy Gay F
    9 Andre Iguodala F
    10 Danny Granger PF
    11 Stephen CURRY G injury prone replace with Kobe
    12 Eric Gordon SG
    13 Kevin Wesley Love
    14 Lamar Odom F lazy, replace with LeBron James
    15 Tyson Cleotis Chandler

    • stlouis1baseball - Jun 29, 2012 at 3:54 PM

      Not a bad squad CC. I would add Roy Hibbert at Center and your good.
      On a separate topic: Did they remove the Spencer Hawes article we were on this morning?
      I can’t find it.

  9. jesse1834 - Jun 29, 2012 at 11:25 PM

    Uncle Drew for the Olympics!!!

  10. diablito0402 - Jun 30, 2012 at 7:54 AM

    Noooo, i was looking foward to see his celebration when they won the gold!!!Maybe seductevly licking the champagne bottle, ohh well the olympics gonna suck now..

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