Just one day after fellow Miami Heat star and reigning NBA champion Dwyane Wade announced that he will miss the 2012 Summer Olympics in London with a knee injury which will require surgery, Chris Bosh stated earlier today that he will be sitting out as well.
During their title run, Bosh missed nine games with an abdominal strain before returning from injury in time to defeat the Oklahoma City Thunder in the NBA Finals. Doctors determined that it would be in his best interest to rehab instead of joining Team USA in London.
He issued the following statement:
I am extremely disappointed…I cannot represent my country in the 2012 Olympics in London. After the Finals, I met with my doctors to determine the best course of action, with the full intent to play in the Olympics. From those meetings, I was advised that rest and additional rehab of my abdominal injury will be necessary in order to avoid the development of a chronic injury.
Since naming a preliminary Olympic roster in January, USA Basketball has lost a total of 6 players out of the 20 who were originally selected to represent this country: Chauncey Billups, LaMarcus Aldridge, Derrick Rose, Dwight Howard, and now the two Heat teammates.
In May, Thunder guard James Harden was added to the roster as well as the freshman out of Kentucky, Anthony Davis, who was selected by the New Orleans Hornetsas the number 1 pick in the NBA Draft Thursday night.
The final 12-man roster will be announced on July 7th.
Though America is favored to win the gold in London, they will face some solid competition, most notably from Spain.
With less than one month remaining until the Olympics, it will be interesting to see how the roster shapes out between now and then.