Miami Heat star guard Dwyane Wade, the leading scorer on the US Olympic basketball team that won gold four years ago, will miss the 2012 London Games because of knee surgery.
Wade will need surgery after playing with his bad left knee during the Heat's NBA championship run.
"As many people may know, throughout the season, I struggled with a recurring knee issue," said Wade.
"After the championship game, I visited with my doctors for a round of comprehensive medical tests, and the recent results dictate the need for surgery."
"D-Wade has a lot of equity with USA Basketball and has made great contributions to our program. We're sorry he won't be with us this summer, but we know he'll be with us in spirit," said USA basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo.
Wade's departure leaves 17 players in the mix for a dozen spots on the US team.
Doctors told Wade that delaying surgery would jeopardize his chances of being healthy for the start of next season.
Source: AFP American Edition