Sunday, April 11, 2010
Updated: April 12, 9:34 PM ET
Wade not ruling out 2010 worlds
NEW YORK -- Dwyane Wade still doesn't want to rule himself out yet for the world championships this summer, even with family reasons that could make it difficult for him to play.
Saying there were "a lot of things said prematurely from both sides," Wade reiterated his commitment to USA Basketball and hopes he can take part this summer.
However, his divorce trial is scheduled to begin in June. Wade is asking for sole custody of his two young sons.
"I've been committed to USA Basketball since 2004 and I'm still a part of the team no matter if I can compete or not and that's the main thing," Wade said Sunday night after Miami's 111-98 victory over the Knicks.
"I don't want to say I don't want to play because I want to be a part of the team, it's just if I've got something to do, that's first and more important."
Wade and LeBron James have both expressed doubts about playing because of various summer plans. Both can be free agents this summer, along with fellow 2008 Olympian Chris Bosh, and that could also make them unavailable.
USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo expects players who want to compete in the London Games in 2012 to also play this summer. However, he is aware it will be impossible for everyone to be in the team's training camps in Las Vegas or New York and will be understanding of certain absences, especially for players who have been part of the program and have "equity."
"We know there are personal situations that can arise from marriage to contract to injury and that is why we have a 28-man roster," Colangelo said this week. "This is a great opportunity for some of them and this is all about the team and that is all part of the process of fielding a team."
Wade was one of the captains of the U.S. team during its run from 2006 to 2008. Even when he was injured and couldn't play during the 2007 Olympic qualifying tournament, he still traveled to Las Vegas to be with his teammates.
He hopes he can still have a role with the team -- even if it's not this summer.
"If I can be there in Vegas or in New York, with the things I have to do, then I would do that," Wade said. "I'm a part of the team and if I could play, I will. If I can't, then they will understand."