Found January 02, 2012 on Fox Sports Florida:
01
MIAMI No U.S. men's basketball player ever has appeared in four Olympics or won three gold medals. Cross Dwyane Wade off as a candidate to do either. The Miami Heat guard, who won a bronze medal in Athens in 2004 and gold in Beijing in 2008, said Sunday night that 2012 in London will mark his final Olympics. "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." Wade initially had believed he was through after 2008. "I thought I was done after the last one," Wade said. "There are so many great young players in this league, and you want to give everybody an opportunity to be able to play on that stage. And I've been able to play on that stage two times already. I got a chance to win my gold medal so I thought, This is a great way to end it."' So what convinced Wade to come back for one more Olympics? "All the guys kind of were like, You're playing,"' Wade said of some of his Olympic teammates working him over last year, namely Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul and LeBron James. "Melo, CP, Bron, they wouldn't let me think about not playing. So everybody kind of convinced me, We're going to do it again together.' And I told them if they're back in, I'm in." USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo said last week that between 18-20 finalists for the final Olympic 12-man roster will be named in late January. Wade is considered a shoo-in to eventually make it to London. David Robinson is the only U.S. player to have appeared in three Olympics, taking bronze in 1988 and golds in 1992 and 1996. Michael Jordan, Patrick Ewing, Chris Mullin, Charles Barkley, Scottie Pippen, Karl Malone, John Stockton and Jason Kidd are the only other players to have won two gold medals. With Wade out of the mix for 2016, that would leave three other players with a chance to play in a fourth straight Olympics James, Anthony and Carlos Boozer. However, Boozer is not considered to even have a good chance to make the 2012 team. "The bulk of our (2008) team is coming back," said Wade, who is not concerned the NBA Finals could end as late as June 26, barely a month before the Olympics start July 27. "It's special to have that unity to do what we did. So that's the only reason why I really want to do it again." Chris Tomasson can be reached at christomasson@hotmail.com or on Twitter @christomasson
THE BACKYARD
BEST OF MAXIM
RELATED ARTICLES

Dwyane Wade: I'll get better, we'll get better

Tuesday was a day left for introspection and review for the Miami Heat, a day for bouncing around thoughts instead of bouncing balls.

Wade crosses 14,000-point mark

Heat guard Dwyane Wade has crossed the 14,000-point mark for his career. Wade is the 25th active NBA player to have that many points. Of those 25, only Wade, Heat teammate LeBron James and New York forward Carmelo Anthony have done so in less than 10 seasons. All three entered the NBA in 2003. Wade came into Sunday's game against Charlotte needing 13 points to reach the milestone...
BLING BLING

LeBron's fiancee shows off engagement ring

Savannah Brinson was spotted at the Miami Heat game showing of her pear-shaped engagement ring. LeBron didn’t give up to many details after the Heat beat the Charlotte Bobcats but seemed to understand the romantic aspect of proposing on New Year’s Eve. “She would love to answer more questions about it than me. But she’s happy, my family’s happy and that’s what...

Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh Wish LeBron Happy Birthday, Think He’s Older Than 27

LeBron James turned 27 years old Friday, or at least that’s what we’ve been led to believe. If you think that LeBron — a true physical specimen and absolute manchild — is older than 27, you’re not alone. His teammates Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh both feel the same way. The players wished LeBron a happy birthday on FOX Sports North, and each man made a joke of LeBron’s...

Dwyane Wade drops five pounds every game, eats chlorophyll

Every time you take a look at supermarket checkout lines and email advertisements, you're sure to learn about a new diet craze. From South Beach to Atkins to Ornish, there's always a new scheme to lose weight. Of course, the best way to lose weight still involves eating well and exercising. But what do I know? What can the NBA possibly teach the world about losing weight...

Teammates help LeBron propose to girlfriend

MIAMI -- It was a team effort for the Miami Heat over the weekend. Dwyane Wade carried the ring for LeBron James on Saturday night and Chris Bosh the scoring load for him the next evening. It all started when James proposed to his longtime girlfriend Savannah Brinson on New Year's Eve at a team gathering at South Beach's Shelborne Hotel. Then Bosh scored 20 of his 24 points...

Wade Likens Rubio To Nash

Dwyane Wade was impressed by the play of Ricky Rubio.

Rubio throws a pass between Nowitzki’s legs : Wade compares Rubio to Nash

Ricky Rubio will likely not score a ton of points on most nights, but he will likely wow you with this passing ability every night. When the Dallas Mavericks came to play the Minnesota Timberwolves Rubio put his passing skills on display. Rubio was driving the baseline when he saw teammate Anthony Tolliver wide open in the comer. Rubio throw a bounce pass to Tolliver...

New Gatorade Ad Featuring Dwyane Wade, Usain Bolt, Abby Wambach, and Serena Williams

Gatorade has released another commercial which will air during the Rose Bowl today, and we are digging it.  The ad features various high school athletes along with the likes of  Dwyane Wade, Usain Bolt, Abby Wambach, Serena Williams, and Ryan Lochte. Gatorade athletes know what they put on isn’t enough. Once you have everything for the outside, it’s time to start thinking...

NBA hot or not

By John Rohde, Staff Writer, jrohde@opubco.comWHO'S HOT?Miami's LeBron James and Dwyane Wade: James leads the league in scoring (33.0), is third in steals (2.8), seventh in field-goal percentage (.598), 11th in assists (7.0) and also averages 7.5 rebounds.Read more on NewsOK.com

Atlanta Hawks 100, Miami Heat 92

The Heat were outscored 33-21 in the 4th quarter and it did them in last night.  LeBron James (28 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists) and Chris Bosh (19 points, 6 rebounds, 1 assist and 1 steal) led the way for the Heat last night.  Dwyane Wade had an off night as he only shot 4 of 17 from the floor.  He still finished up with 12 points, 3 rebounds, 10 assists, 3 steals and 1 blocked...
NBA News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.