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Dwyane Wade Can't Compete In The Olmypics Due To Surgery

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Dwyane Wade not playing on olympic team

Such a bummer!

Thanks to a knee injury, Dwyane Wade will no longer be competing in the Olympics as a starting player on the USA Basketball team.

The Miami Heat star informed the coach that "he needed surgery immediately" and will probably go under the knife on July 9 — three days after the Olympic team starts practicing in Las Vegas.

Wade was a HUGE asset for the team when USA won the gold medal in Beijing, but won't be able to repeat that success this summer. The NBA guard said in a statement:

"While every part of me wants to be in London, I need to take this time to do what's best to improve my health and allow me to continue to play the game I love. It was an honor to represent my country in 2004 and in 2008 when we won the gold medal. My thoughts and best wishes will travel with Team USA as they prepare to bring home the gold."

So far there are 17 players competing for a spot on the final 12-man roster, which will be determined by July 7.

Although Wade's surgery affects his summer plans, at least he'll be ready to defend the Heat's newly acquired championship title next season.

[Image via WENN.]

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