DAVIE, Fla. -- Dwyane Wade is revisiting the site of his
2008 Olympic triumph later this summer. Whether he'll be going with
the U.S. to the London Games remains unclear.
Taking a break from hosting a basketball camp for hundreds of
children, Wade said Wednesday his decision on next year's Olympics
"depends on a lot of things" and that he was not leaning one way
or another yet.
As for his Olympic teammates, USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo says he plans to contact players "within the next month" to gauge their interest in playing in 2012.
With rosters due next June and no guarantee of NBA basketball before then, Colangelo wants to get an idea of who wants to be considered for spots in London.
LeBron James, Kobe Bryant and the rest of the holdovers from the 2008 gold medalists have committed to returning, but Colangelo realizes "circumstances have changed for some of the players who were on the Olympic team." So some spots -- perhaps half -- will come from last year's world champions.
Wade returned to South Florida this week after a
busy travel schedule to begin his summer, with a long European trip
already completed along with business in Chicago and Los Angeles.
Wade is heading to China in the next couple weeks and says he'll
resume basketball workouts soon -- although, of course, he doesn't
know when the locked-out NBA will resume.
Standing before hundreds of children at his camp, Wade got plenty of tough questions. About playing with LeBron James this past season with the Miami Heat and their trip to the NBA Finals. About his actress girlfriend, Gabrielle Union. About what it takes to be a great basketball player.
One noticeably absent topic? The lockout.
"No lockout questions at all," Wade said afterward. "I think it's sensitive to them. They're staying away from it."
"I don't miss it yet," Wade said of his inability to work out at the Heat's facility. "I'm only a month away from the game. I'm cool. I've got two more weeks to relax before I get back into it. But when the time gets to where we're still going, I will miss it and most importantly I think everybody will miss it because you're used to getting into a rhythm, used to getting into a schedule. And when that schedule is starting off, everything is off."
Still, a month removed from losing in six games to the Dallas Mavericks in the NBA Finals, Wade is a long way from forgetting the pain of coming up short with a title at stake.
"The sting is there, no question about it. I joke with the kids, I say, 'All right, I'm going to make jokes about it, and you guys aren't going to ask me questions,' " he said. "Because when they ask questions, they want to know some stuff. So I make sure I shed some light on it in a sense of humor type of way. But the sting's there. But you've got to move on."
Wade's been busy since: A European trip has already been completed, as has a camp he co-hosted with NFL star Devin Hester in Chicago and a commercial shoot in Los Angeles, all preceding his annual camp at Nova Southeastern University -- which added a twist this year, a cheerleader camp led by Katina Taylor, the wife of NFL defensive end Jason Taylor.
And soon, Wade will head back to China for the first time since the U.S. won gold at the 2008 Beijing Games. Much of that trip will be built around Wade's work with Nike's Jordan Brand, although he has several other business meetings lined up there as well.
"I'm excited to come back over there and just enjoy China," Wade said. "I want to go different places over there. I told Brand Jordan I wanted to go to see where the magic happens, where are the sneakers made, the people that make the sneakers. I want to go meet those people. I've got a lot of things I want to accomplish this summer and I've got a lot of time to do that."
Information of The Associated Press was used in this report.