Originally posted on Fox Sports Florida  |  Last updated 6/28/12
MIAMI Miami guard Dwyane Wade has dropped out of the Olympics. Could Heat big man Chris Bosh be next? Boshs agent, Henry Thomas, wouldnt confirm Thursday that Bosh, a finalist, definitely will play in the games in London. He said he will have a discussion Friday with Bosh, who missed nine games during the playoffs due to an abdominal strain before returning to play in the final eight, and a final decision will be made. Were going to talk about it, Thomas said in an interview with FOX Sports Florida. Im going to have a conversation (with Bosh on Friday) about it . Well go more in-depth. Id rather not talk about it until we talk about it. It's certainly very possible that Bosh, who wants to play and is considered a lock to make the team, will end up in London. Nevertheless, Thomas would offer no hint on what Bosh might do and declined to say if hes at least optimistic his client will play in the Olympics. Wade dropped out of Olympic consideration Thursday because he will have left-knee surgery July 9. USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo said he has gotten no indication that that any of the remaining 17 finalists might be thinking of not reporting to Las Vegas for training camp, which runs July 6-12. Speaking to the media last Monday, Bosh first said about the Olympics, Im committed. Im all in so far. But then Bosh later left the door open. Right now, thats a conversation I have to have with the doctors and the trainers, Bosh said about playing in the London. I knew I wasnt going to be 100 percent coming into my situation (when he returned from his injury in the playoffs). There was some pain I had to fight through. I think I have to get reassessed. Theyre going to tell me what my options are and how we can work things out, and how we can move forward after that day Were going to have more conversations and see where it goes. Thomas said Bosh saw a doctor Monday after the parade the Heat had for winning the NBA title last Thursday. While Bosh had met with the media after the parade, he didnt give an indication then hed already seen a doctor. Thomas on Thursday also discussed Wades injury. He said the surgery will be performed by Heat team doctor Harlan Selesnick. Colangelo said Wade told him the recovery time is four-to-six weeks. Thomas didn't disagree, but said Selesnick told him thats an optimistic projection, and its possible recovery could be longer than six weeks. But Thomas said Wade will be ready for the start of training camp in early October. Its a relatively simple process, Thomas said. Hell be on crutches maybe just a day. Thomas said the process involves cleaning out Wades left knee, one he had drained May 17 prior to Game 3 of an East semifinal against Indiana. Thomas said one option discussed was for Wade to not have the surgery. He just felt that going forward, if he didnt have it done, he would again experience the periodic pain that he had this past season, Thomas said. He wanted to do it for the future, to make sure hed be at 100 percent . Its in the lining of the knee, and thats what causes the excess fluid to build up. Thomas said also discussed was Wade, 30, having surgery before the Olympics and attempting to join the team in London in August. There was some thought on whether he could get it done and how quickly he would be able to come back, if you could come back for the medal round, if that even would have been acceptable, Thomas said. In the end, however, it was felt that wouldnt be fair to Team USA. And Wade didnt want to wait to have the surgery until after the Olympics because that likely would have forced him to miss the start of training camp. Thomas said Wade still should be able to go through with his plan this summer of working with a shooting coach for the first time in his career. He plans to do that still, Thomas said. Hell do that whenever hes cleared by the doctors, whether its six weeks, seven weeks. Wade, who averaged 22.6 points in the 4-1 Finals win over Oklahoma City, and Bosh are two of the three clients Thomas has on the Heat. He also has forward Udonis Haslem. Bosh, still working his way back, came off the bench for the first game of the Finals. He started at center in the last four games, finishing the series with averages of 14.6 points and 9.4 rebounds. It was a tough injury, but he fought back, Thomas said. He knew they were playing for all the marbles, and, fortunately for everybody, he will able to produce. Now, is Bosh prepared to produce in the Olympics? It's a question that soon will be answered. Chris Tomasson can be reached at christomasson@hotmail.com or on Twitter @christomasson
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