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Dwyane Wade says 2012 his last for Team USA

Posted on: January 2, 2012 11:12 am
 
By Matt Moore

Dwyane Wade has told FoxSportsFlorida.com that 2012 will be his last appearance for Team USA.
"This is my last run," Wade, 29, said in an interview with FOX Sports Florida. "No chance (Wade will return for another Olympics). No chance at all. Not a chance."
via 2012 to be Dwyane Wade's last Olympics.

Wade cites a desire to let other young players have their chance at a medal during their careers as his primary reason. Wade won a bronze medal in 2004 and a gold medal in 2008's Beijing Olympics alongside now-fellow Heat members LeBron James and Chris Bosh. It was their insistence, along with that of Chris Paul and Carmelo Anthony, notoriously close friends of Wade and James, that pushed Wade to come back for another season.

The lockout-affected season means that the NBA Finals will end as late as June 26th, and the Olympics begin July 27th, with Team USA training camp starting a few weeks ealier. Should the Heat's season go according to their plans, or at least as well as last year, Wade wouldn't have much time to rest his body, which is known to have injury issues. But Wade says the "unity' is what makes the experience special and will bring him back.

Team USA should be just as stacked this time around. With the Miami Big 3, Anthony, Paul, and Kobe Bryant expected to return, along with Kevin Durant, Dwight Howard and Derrick Rose, that's an absurd amount of talent right there. Competition could be as stiff this time around as it was in 2008, but expect Blake Griffin to have a good shot at making the team. Factoring in the kind of role players that usually make the team to give specific abilities (Tyson Chander's defense for example), and the 18-20 player list expected to be announced in January according to Jerry Colangelo, head of Team USA, (via FoxSportsFlorida.com) could make for some serious ego management in the roster decisions.

But having that much talent is never a problem, and Wade will be part of that pleasant conundrum.
Comments

Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: January 3, 2012 1:08 pm
 

Dwyane Wade says 2012 his last for Team USA

Thank you D-wade for your contributions to USA basketball.  He is right...it is time for younger players to play.  I also think it is time that USA pulls NBA players out of it.  The olympics is about amateurs representing a sport for their country.  The NBA players win by an average margin of like 35 points.  This is just unfair.



Since: Jan 17, 2007
Posted on: January 3, 2012 9:55 am
 

Dwyane Wade says 2012 his last for Team USA

Wade has gotten off to a very poor start this year. Nonetheless, he is still a top 5 player in the NBA.



Since: Jan 17, 2007
Posted on: January 3, 2012 9:55 am
 

Dwyane Wade says 2012 his last for Team USA

Wade has gotten off to a very poor start this year. Nonetheless, he is still a top 5 player in the NBA.



Since: Dec 28, 2011
Posted on: January 2, 2012 11:36 pm
 

Dwyane Wade says 2012 his last for Team USA

Lumpoco I disagree with you and as most people they don't give credit where credit is due. Wayne is an allstar no ifs ands or buts. He has a ring from 2006 and regardless if he plays alongside james or bosh I think we all know who is more clutch in games as james flopped hard in the finals aganist Dallas. Now as far as how old he is yea he's getting up there but then again how old is Kobe? With that said is Kobe still not a great player?



Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: January 2, 2012 10:23 pm
 

Dwyane Wade says 2012 his last for Team USA

Dwayne Wade is already too old to play for the 2012 team. But because of his big name and who he plays alongside in Miami he has to be placed on the team even if he is just a shell of his once glorious self.


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Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: January 2, 2012 2:51 pm
 

Dwyane Wade says 2012 his last for Team USA

I think it is fair for a player to play for their country until they are 30 and then pass the torch to younger players. Basketball is a grind on the body and too many Europeans show up to their pro team beaten up and worn down before the season even begins. Great to be loyal to your country but not at the expense of the team and fans that pay your salary.

As you get older, it gets tougher to play year round. Rest that body like Steve Nash does. Nash has not played for Canada in a long time. It has problably prolonged his career.


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