London 2012: Dwyane Wade Right to Be Concerned with Health for Summer Olympics

Eric BowmanFeatured ColumnistMay 8, 2012

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 06:  Dwyane Wade #3 of the Miami Heat looks on against the New York Knicks in Game Four of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals in the 2012 NBA Playoffs on May 6, 2012 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement  (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
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Dwyane Wade has mixed feelings about playing for Team USA in the 2012 Summer Olympics, and since he wants to focus on his health, there would be nothing wrong with him not joining the team in London. 

According to David Aldridge of, Wade is up in the air about playing in London this summer. Wade said last week:

"I told them, I said, listen, I'm just going to see how I feel. This is about being healthy -- I think, for all of us, going into the summer healthy -- and taking it from there."

At the age of 30, Wade has every right to be concerned about his well-being. He's played in the Olympics before, winning a gold medal in 2008 and a bronze in 2004. 

Team USA is definitely the favorite this summer, even after losing key players to injuries. The NBA is loaded with superb talent ready to represent their country, and there are several elite American-born players who will help Team USA thrive in London. 

Wade doesn't have to be one of those guys if he isn't feeling up to it. 

Yes, it's important to show love for your country, but at the same time, he's done it before, so allowing others to have a chance to play in the Olympics would be a great gesture as well. 

With LeBron James, Kobe Bryant and Kevin Durant, Team USA will be in excellent hands overseas. 

Of course, they would love to have Wade out there with them, but honestly, they don't desperately need him. 

James Harden is a solid option to replace Wade, as he is comfortable coming off the bench and performing at a high level. 

If Wade wants to put his focus solely on being 100 percent for next season, then so be it. The Olympics are a huge deal, but to deny a man his wish of getting healthy would be wrong. 

How the 2012 NBA playoffs pan out will likely influence Wade's decision for this summer, but he should receive no backlash if he opts to pass on the 2012 Summer Olympics



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