Miami star Wade out of Olympics, tweets disappointment
COLORADO SPRINGS - Miami Heat star guard Dwyane Wade, the leading scorer on the US Olympic basketball team that won gold four years ago, will miss the 2012 London Games because of knee surgery.
Wade will need surgery after playing with his bad left knee during the Heat's NBA championship run.
"As many people may know, throughout the season, I struggled with a recurring knee issue," said Wade. "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."
Wade averaged 22.6 points per game as Miami won the NBA title by beating Oklahoma City in five games.
Bummed on Twitter
Turning to the social media site Twitter, Wade expressed his frustration and sadness with the situation.
"I hate that I had 2 withdraw from the Olympics. Was looking fwd 2 participating this last go round w/some of my same guys that have been a part in 04 & 06 - LB, Kobe, Melo, CB, CP," he wrote over several tweets Friday, June 28.
"There's nothing better than standing on the podium representing your country and being part of that brotherhood...I was also really excited about my boys experiencing this journey with me. But my knee has been an on-going issue and having surgery and time to recoup is what I have to do. I wish all my brothers the best as they go for the GOLD. #TEAMUSA"
Wade, a two-time Olympian, was the top scorer on the team that won Olympic gold in Beijing four years ago. He also played for the Americans that won bronze in Athens in 2004.
"D-Wade has a lot of equity with USA Basketball and has made great contributions to our program. We're sorry he won't be with us this summer, but we know he'll be with us in spirit," said USA basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo.
Wade's departure leaves 17 players in the mix for a dozen spots on the US team.
The US team is already missing several NBA stars including Derrick Rose, LaMarcus Aldridge, Dwight Howard, and Chauncey Billups, who are all out with injuries.
Training camp begins in Las Vegas next week. The team will play five exhibitions with international teams before taking on France on July 29 in their first Olympic encounter.
Doctors told Wade that delaying surgery would jeopardize his chances of being healthy for the start of next season. - With reports from Agence France-Presse