Miami Heat star Chris Bosh will not attend the 2012 London Olympics, removing his consideration so he can recover from a strained abdominal muscle that sidelined him during part of his team’s run towards the NBA championship title
Bosh announced through agent Henry Thomas that he would not perform at the Olympics, that announcement comes just one day after fellow Heat teammate Dwayne Wade also withdrew his consideration because of a left knee surgery.
Speaking about his clients abdominal pain Thomas noted:
“This injury was a pretty serious one. He was able to come back and play under the circumstances because he was trying to contribute to them winning a championship. There’s still pain. There’s still discomfort. And the real concern is if he doesn’t rest and do the rehab associated with the injury, this could become sort of a chronic thing for him.”
Bosh wanted to stick out the injury and compete for Team USA but was advised against that decision by Miami Heat physician Dr. Harlan Selesnick.
In the meantime Miami Heat president Pat Riley says the team was leaving the decision to play up to Chris Bosh.
With Bosh and Wade both out that leaves only LeBron James left for the heat on the 12 player roster.
Team USA will start meeting in Las Vegas next week to begin training camp before playing in five exhibition games with international teams.
The full Team USA Olympic roster will be announced on July 7, at this time 16 players are currently competing for the Olympic teams 12-man roster.