Wade Selected to Olympic Team
MIAMI, 06/23 Miami HEAT guard Dwyane Wade was among the 12 players selected today to represent the United States at the 2008 Olympic Games as part of the USA Basketball Senior National Team. The team will compete in the Olympic Games in Beijing, China from August 8-24. The U.S. will open preliminary round play against China on August 10 at 10:15 p.m. The mens Olympic quarterfinals take place on August 20, the semifinals are slated for August 22 and the gold medal and bronze medal games will be held on August 24. For Wade, this marks the second time in his career he has been selected to compete on the U.S. Olympic Team. He has a member of the bronze-medal winning team in 2004 where he averaged 7.3 points, 2.4 assists, a team-high 2.13 steals, 1.9 rebounds and 17.5 minutes. Wade also was a member of the USA Basketball Mens World Championship Team in 2006.
Joining Wade on this years USA Basketball Senior National Team are: Carmelo Anthony, Carlos Boozer, Chris Bosh, Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard, LeBron James, Jason Kidd, Chris Paul, Tayshaun Prince, Michael Redd and Deron Williams. Wade, along with 2004 Olympians Anthony, Boozer, James and Kidd, will look to add their names to an elite USA group of multiple-time Olympians which currently consists of 13 men (David Robinson-1988, 1992 and 1996; Charles Barkley-1992, 1996: Patrick Ewing-1984, 1992; Burdette Haldorson-1952, 1956; Michael Jordan-1984, 1992; Robert Kurland-1948, 1952; Karl Malone-1992, 1996; Chris Mullin-1984, 1992; Gary Payton-1996, 2000; Scottie Pippen-1992, 1996; Mitch Richmond-1988, 1996; and John Stockton-1992, 1996). Duke University Head Coach Mike Krzyzewski is the head coach of the USA Senior Team and he will be assisted by Jim Boeheim, Mike DAntoni and Nate McMillan.
USA Basketballs Senior National Team will open its training June 28 with a mini-camp in Las Vegas, NV. The USA Team will resume its training in Las Vegas from July 21-25. The Americans will conclude the Las Vegas portion of its training on July 25 by hosting the Canadian National Team in the 2008 State Farm USA Basketball Challenge. The United States will then train and play four additional games in the USA Basketball International Challenge that will see the USA play two games in Macao, China and two more in Shanghai, China. The U.S. team will arrive in Beijing on August 6.
Wade, a four-time NBA All-Star, has appeared in 315 regular season games in his five-year NBA career with the HEAT and has averaged 23.9 points, 6.5 assists, 4.8 rebounds, 1.74 steals and 37.7 minutes while shooting 48.1 percent from the floor and 77.4 percent from the foul line. He has led the HEAT in scoring in each of the past four seasons and is a three-time All-NBA performer. Miamis all-time leading postseason scorer, Wade has appeared in 54 playoff games and has averaged 25.3 points, 6.0 assists, 5.3 rebounds, 1.76 steals and 40.8 minutes.