If Miami guard Dwyane Wade is having concerns this summer about whether he will be healthy enough to play in the Olympics, an extended deadline for team selection could help him make the most informed decision possible.
USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo told Fox Sports Florida last week he expected the deadline for the 12-man team to be selected would be pushed back from June 18 to the middle of the July 5-12 Team USA training camp in Las Vegas. He said Tuesday the new deadline is July 8.
The extension will allow Colangelo and coach Mike Krzyzewski several days to evaluate the 18 Olympic finalists. The team is scheduled to meet July 5 and practice July 6 and 7 before the list is finalized, although Colangelo said some schedule adjustments might be made to allow for an even longer look.
The later deadline will allow Wade more time to gauge how his body feels, especially if the Heat play in the NBA Finals, which could run until June 26. Wade, 30, recently told NBA.com he'...