MIAMI Nov 10 Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade says
he is ready to compete for the United States in next year's
Olympic Games, ending uncertainty over his involvement in the
team's gold medal defence.
Wade said in July that he was unsure whether he would
return with other players from the successful Beijing team and
compete in London.
But in an interview with Reuters, Wade said he was in talks
over his involvement but would say yes if he was asked to be
part of the squad.
"I have had talks and obviously the talks will go further
as this year goes on but I've told them that if they want me, I
am there," he said.
Wade's Miami Heat team mate LeBron James has also said he
will play in London while reports have suggested the Los
Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant is also ready to feature.
Wade, a seven-times NBA All-Star, will be 30 next year and
one of the older players on the likely U.S. roster but he said
that did not worry him.
"Just one more hurrah from me. London would be a great
experience and would be a great ending of my Olympic career,"
The 2008 U.S. team featured Bryant, Carmelo Anthony and
Chris Paul as well as two players who later became Wade's Miami
team mates -- Chris Bosh and James.
Wade, who also played on the bronze medal winning team in
2004, said some of his Olympic team mates had persuaded him to
come back for another shot at gold.
"I enjoyed Beijing, I actually thought when I was on the
gold medal stand that this was it, this is the best way to go
out, I thought I was going out on top.
"Some of my team mates from the previous team convinced me
that we have got to come back and try to do it again, so a lot
of guys want to really come back and do it again," he said.
Wade top-scored with 27 points as the U.S. defeated Spain
118-107 in the 2008 final, earning the team the nickname of
'The Redeem Team' after their disappointing bronze four years
While Chicago-born Wade cannot wait for the current NBA
lockout to end and allow him back on court, he said there was
something unique about the Olympics.
"It's a special thing -- because everyone puts their pride
and their egos aside and comes together for one common goal,"
he added. "It was special (in Beijing) and hopefully we can do
Wade spoke to Reuters at the launch of his new 'Hublot King
Power Dwyane Wade' watch.
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