HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS — LeBron James will be the only member of the championship Miami Heat Big 3 chasing a gold medal this summer.
Add Heat forward Chris Bosh to the growing list of stars who will not be making the trip to London next month for the Olympics. That leaves just 16 players in the pool for the 12 spots on the team that will compete in London:
Bosh is the second Heat player in the past three days to pull out of the competition because of injury. Dwyane Wade needs knee surgery and will miss six to eight weeks.
Losing Bosh, however, thins the big man ranks for considerably, given that both Dwight Howard and LaMarcus Aldridge are already out of the player pool with injuries. Derrick Rose and Chauncey Billups are also out with injuries.
Doctors recommended that Bosh not participate for fear that he would re-aggravate the abdominal strain that cost him nine games during the Heat’s playoff run before he returned in the Eastern Conference finals.
“He’ll be missed, but we have to move on,” USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo said in a statement. “We’ve taken four bullets with the injuries to Rose, (Dwight) Howard, (Dwyane) Wade and now (Chris) Bosh and it will now be a testimony to the infrastructure we put in with the national team roster. I feel very confident about our roster going forward.
“Adversity gives people opportunity, and guess what? It’s going to open up a couple of roster positions,” added Colangelo.
The 16 finalists will assemble July 5 in Las Vegas for the start of the USA National Team training. The 12-man roster will be announced after the team’s practice on July 7.