Can The Men’s Basketball Team Win A Gold Medal At The 2012 Summer Olympics Without Dwyane Wade?
The celebration is over for Dwyane Wade! Just one week after the Miami Heat beat the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 5 of the 2012 NBA Finals to win the NBA title, D-Wade received some really bad news—he’s going to need surgery on his left knee. Even worse, it’s going to prevent him from playing in the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. With Derrick Rose already hobbled by a torn ACL that he suffered during the 2012 NBA Playoffs, that means the men’s basketball team will be without two key players when they look to defend their gold medal from the 2008 Summer Olympics.
Although Wade didn’t specify exactly what is wrong with his knee, he called USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo and USA Basketball head coach Mike Krzyzewski on Thursday to inform them that his knee was not healthy enough for him to play in the Olympics. He also told the Asscociated Press that the news is “disappointing” and that he’s currently trying to find some time in his busy schedule—he’s been doing a media tour along with LeBron James and Chris Bosh ever since the day after the Heat won the ‘chip—to have surgery on his left knee. But, Wade’s absence from the team shouldn’t come as a total surprise. Wade has been saying for weeks now that he might not be up to playing this summer.
Does this mean Team USA is doomed? Eh, doubtful. Even though they are losing their leading scorer from the ’08 team that won gold in Beijing, there are plenty of guys on the roster that will be able to pick up the slack. Specifically, Team USA will now need LeBron James and Kevin Durant to step up and put up a ton of points so that the team can account for Wade’s loss. And, something tells us that won’t be a problem.
But, what do you think? Can Team USA bring home the gold medal again with D-Wade on the roster? Let us know.