Dwyane Wade is fresh off winning an NBA title with the Miami Heat, but he will not be following it up by going for a gold medal this summer. Wade, who played banged up throughout the 2012 NBA postseason, has officially withdrawn from the U.S. men's national basketball team and will not be heading to the Summer Games in London.
Tim Reynolds of the Associated Press reports that Wade contacted USA Basketball Director Jerry Colangelo and U.S. men's national team head coach Mike Krzyzewski on Thursday to inform them that he is withdrawing from the team. According to Reynolds, Wade will require knee surgery this offseason due to damage sustained over the duration of the lockout-shortened 2011-12 NBA season and playoffs.
The loss of Wade, who won gold in Beijing in 2008, is certainly a blow to the U.S. squad, but the roster is very deep in what may be the last year of a true basketball "Dream Team." The London Games will reportedly be the last time that NBA superstars over the age of 23 will head to the Olympics to represent the United States.
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