The USA Basketball has confirmed dropping Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade from the squad of US Olympic basketball team. The NBA star Dwyane Wade withdrew his name from the US Olympic basketball team after he received news that he will need surgery on his left knee.
Dwyane Wade, who received this diagnosis from the Miami Heat team physician, helped the franchise to the NBA title over Oklahoma City Thunder. Meanwhile, the chairman of USA Basketball, Jerry Colangelo released a press statement addressing this issue. Jerry Colangelo admitted that if Dwyane Wade went under the knife he would not recover in time to represent USA in the London 2012 Olympics.
“As many people may know, throughout the season, I struggled with a recurring knee issue,” Jerry Colangelo said. “After the championship game, I visited with my doctors for a round of comprehensive medical tests, and the recent results dictate the need for surgery.
“While every part of me wants to be in London, I need to take this time to do what's best to improve my health and allow me to continue to play the game I love.”
This unfortunate news has not gone down well with fans. Dwyane Wade was an important figure in US Olympic basketball team. Dwyane Wade was the leading scorer from USA’s team in their campaign to the 2008 Olympic gold in Beijing. The 30-year-old guard scored a game-high 27 points in the Olympic final where USA defeated Spain by 118-107.
Although, Dwyane Wade had his knee drained during the NBA playoffs he averaged around 22 points per game during Miami Heat’s triumph in the NBA Finals over Oklahoma City Thunder.
Dwyane Wade’s exit from the 18-man squad has dealt another blow to the US Olympic basketball team. The US Olympic basketball team is already facing an injury crisis. They are already missing Chicago Bulls star Derrick Rose and Dwight Howard from the Orlando Magic. The final 12-man squad for the US Olympic basketball team will miss the x-factor they enjoyed at the tournament in 2008.
Nonetheless, the remaining 17 nominations for the US Olympic basketball team will start their training session next week in Las Vegas. In spite of Dwyane Wade’s exit from the US Olympic team, Miami Heat will get represented at the 2012 London Olympics through the three-time NBA Most Valuable Player LeBron James.