If the Heat want a real shot at a Heat-peat next year, they’re going to need Dwyane Wade to be as healthy as can be. So the decision was made by D-Wade and co to put off the 2012 Summer Olympics so that he can focus on getting that knee surgery he’s needed, as well as putting in the time to recover and train so he can be 100 percent come October/November for the new season. And who knows, maybe he’ll still have in him to go at it in the 2016 games. Check out his quotes below…
“I’ve decided to listen to my doctors and get the procedure I need on my knee. USA Basketball said I had to do what was best for me. They want me to be obviously as healthy as possible so I can continue to play this game at a high level. They were very supportive and told me if I ever want to come around the team, I’m welcome and that I’m part of the family.” – Dwyane Wade, as told to The Associated Press on Thursday.
“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…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.” – Dwyane Wade, on Twitter