(MIAMI) — Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade will have surgery on his left knee resulting in him missing the 2012 Olympics in London.
“As many people may know, throughout the season, I struggled with a recurring knee issue. After the championship game, I visited with my doctors for a round of comprehensive medical tests, and the recent results dictate the need for surgery,” Wade said in a statement released by USA Basketball. “While every part of me wants to be in London, I need to take this time to do what’s best to improve my health and allow me to continue to play the game I love.”
Wade’s knee bothered him the most of the 2011-2012 season. He had to have it drained the day of Game 3 of the Heats Eastern Conference Semifinal series versus the Pacers.
With Wade out it leaves 17 players competing for the final 12 roster spots.
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Madison Park, Keith Allen and Andreas Preuss, CNN