Dwyane Wade is out of the London 2012 Olympics, but Team USA will still be taking home gold in men's basketball when it's all said and done.
Dwyane Wade needs surgery on his left knee and will miss the London Olympics[...]The Miami Heat guard called USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo and coach Mike Krzyzewski on Thursday and let them know that he is not healthy enough to participate in the Olympics.
Wade is a superstar who has had success in the Olympics before, as he was the leading scorer for the 2008 Beijing team that took gold and played for the 2004 Athens team that won bronze. However, Team USA will surely overcome this loss to dominate the field in London.
There is simply no team that can stop Team USA and not even the loss of one of the game's brightest stars can derail the U.S. on its way to a gold medal in the London Games. The U.S. will have more talent on the bench than most countries will have on their entire roster.
For a team that is already missing its best center and point guard in Dwight Howard and Derrick Rose, respectively, the loss of Wade could have been devastating.
And yet, the team has plenty of options to replace him.
Of the 17 remaining finalists on Team USA's roster, eight are guards, many of whom are just as good as Wade if not better.
Will Team USA win gold without Dwyane Wade?
There is no short supply of guards for the U.S. which eases the pain of losing Wade. Players like Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, Chris Paul and Deron Williams are among the best guards in the world and will help make up for Wade's scoring and passing abilities.
Forwards like LeBron James, Kevin Love, Carmelo Anthony and Blake Griffin can also contribute 20 or 30 points in any given game as well.
There was clearly a surplus of guards on Team USA's roster before Wade went down. Now even with him out, the Americans still have the best backcourt and the most talented roster of any team in the world.
With Paul and Williams at point guard, this team will have excellent floor generals. With four or five legitimate options to start at shooting guard, this team will have no problem scoring the ball. With the best player in the game today at wing in LeBron James, you can expect dominance.
Even without the best center in the world, this team still has a loaded frontcourt with Knicks' center Tyson Chandler, Heat's forward Chris Bosh, Timberwolves' forward Kevin Love, Clippers' star Blake Griffin and future No. 1 overall pick Anthony Davis.
This team simply has no weaknesses and would have to beat itself to be eliminated in London. Under head coach Mike Krzyzewski, I don't see that happening any time soon.
Don't fret about the Americans losing Dwyane Wade, as the team is still sure to take home gold in London.