Miami Heat forward Chris Bosh will skip trying out for the U.S. basketball team that will go to the London Olympics, the fourth National Basketball Association player to drop out of contention for the squad.
Bosh strained an abdominal muscle during Game 1 of the NBA Eastern Conference semifinals.
“After the Finals, I met with my doctors to determine the best course of action, with the full intent to play in the Olympics,” Bosh said on the USA Basketball website. “From those meetings, I was advised that rest and additional rehab of my abdominal injury will be necessary in order to avoid the development of a chronic injury.”
He joins Miami teammate Dwyane Wade, Derrick Rose of the Chicago Bulls and Dwight Howard of the Orlando Magic on the sidelines, USA Basketball said yesterday in a statement.
“It is obvious why we have built a pool of players over the last seven years to take care of situations like these,” U.S. coach Mike Krzyzewski said. “This opens up opportunities for other players in the pool to show their talents.”
USA Basketball Chairman Jerry Colangelo said Bosh will be missed.
“We’ve taken four bullets with the injuries to Rose, Howard, Wade and now Bosh and it will now be a testimony to the infrastructure we put in with the national team roster,” Colangelo said. “I feel very confident about our roster going forward.”
Bosh was a member of the U.S. team that won a gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Tryouts for the team are July 5-7 in Las Vegas.
“My thoughts will be with our guys in London in August and I am confident that Coach K and the USA Basketball staff will bring home the gold again to the USA,” Bosh said.
Finalists contending for the 12 spots on the roster are the New York Knicks’ Carmelo Anthony and Tyson Chandler; Brooklyn Nets’ Deron Williams; Los Angeles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant; New Orleans Hornets’ Eric Gordon and first draft pick Anthony Davis; Oklahoma City Thunder’s Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and James Harden; Memphis Grizzlies’ Rudy Gay; Los Angeles Clippers’ Blake Griffin, Lamar Odom and Chris Paul; Philadelphia 76ers’ Andre Iguodala; Heat’s Lebron James, and Minnesota Timberwolves’ Kevin Love.