On Thursday, Miami Heat shooting guard Dwyane Wade announced that he would withdraw from the U.S. men's basketball team and would not be attending the 2012 Olympics in London, opting instead to get surgery to repair a knee injury. It appears he will not be the only Miami player staying home this summer.
Tim Reynolds of the Associated Press reported on Friday that Heat power forward Chris Bosh will also be withdrawing from his spot on the U.S. Olympic team. Bosh has decided to rest up and rehab a nagging abdominal injury.
Both players' decisions are completely understandable. The frantic pace of the lockout-shortened 2011-12 NBA season and ensuing postseason left many NBA players banged up, so it makes sense that two members of the newly-crowned league champions would want to make the most out of resting up during a shorter offseason to better prepare for defending their title in the 2012-13 season.
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