MIAMI -- Heat guard Dwyane Wade says money is not his motivation for the London Games this summer.
In a statement Thursday, Wade said, "I do not want to be paid to go to the Olympics."
Wade was quoted Wednesday saying he thinks "guys should be compensated" for playing over the summer and noted the schedule demands of being an Olympian.
"It's a lot of things you do for the Olympics -- a lot of jerseys you sell," Wade said after the Heat's practice on Wednesday in advance of Thursday's game against Chicago. "We play the whole summer. I do think guys should be compensated. Just like I think college players should be compensated as well. Unfortunately, it's not there. But I think it should be something, you know, there for it."
The gold-medal game is scheduled for Aug. 12, about a month before many NBA players resume workouts to gear up for training camps that open in late September or early October.
"The biggest thing is now you get no rest," Wade said. "So you go to the end of the season, [Team USA] training camp is two weeks later. You're giving up a lot to do it. It's something you want to do. But it's taxing on your body. You're not playing for the dollar. But it would be nice if you would get compensated."
Wade said Thursday that he was responding to a question about Olympians being paid, and never said he needed to be paid to play.
Wade later tweeted that pride for his country "motivates me more than any $$$ amount."
Wade played for the U.S. at Athens in 2004 and Beijing in 2008, and has said the London Games would be his last.
Now that he explained his statement I understand him a little bit, they probably are very tired especially the guys who make the playoffs and have to turn right back around and play for the USA.
I feel it could go both ways, they could be compensated or they could just stay home.
While I understand both sides, in no way can I agree with paying the players to play. Its supposed to be an honor to represent your country in these games. If Im not mistaken, no one is forcing, nor is any player under contract and expected to play in the Summer Games. If im Wade and money is that big of a factor, Id rather take the summer off and drive my brand new, FREE, McLaren down South Beach with Gabrielle Union on my lap. What a terrible scenario, to play in the Olympics and not be paid. Get over yourself.
I don't think his opinion has changed at all, I think it's PR team telling him to do damage control. It seems like everyone in pro sports has such a business and brand mentality they want to get as much money as possible, but they do not realize that comments like these hurt their brand until it blows up in the media. This is just a classic case of damage control.
This isn't China, he doesn't have to play if he doesn't want. Seriously, if it's that big of a deal, don't play.
JoeWolf nailed it, definitely public relations tactic.
If all the stars show up it could be the best team since the Dream Team. I think D Wade is just in the middle of a killer NBA schedule that is down to its stretch run. If the Heat win a title I think he will be thrilled as the other Heatles will be. Then D Wade and LeBron and possibly even Bosh could use the Olympics as a victory tour.
Wade has to do work in the offseason anyway so he might as well play in some fun games in front of big crowds. He would probably play 20 minutes or so a night on the high end.
But, he does have a point in that he will be tired. If he wins a title then he will have gone the distance two years in a row and then played in an Olympics. That's a lot of mileage on a drive first/drive second combo guard who's career may be peaking.
I would tell D Wade, look, you have a chance to join up with one of the best teams ever. Give it a run.
PG: Derrick Rose
SG: D Wade
SF: LeBron James
PF: Kevin Love
C: Dwight Howard
PG: Chris Paul
SG: Kobe Bryant
SF: Carmelo Anthony
SF: Kevin Durant
PF: Blake Griffin
PG: Deron Williams
PF/C: Chris Bosh
Then you have Tyson Chandler, Iggy, and Russell Westbrook in the running if any of those 12 guys drops out. With LaMarcus Aldridge out I think Blake Griffin makes the team. Bosh also makes it due to his all-around game. He can play power forward and center and gives this team a solid fourth big man.
Chandler plays well and could make it if one of the forwards stays home. Hibbert is a solid center who is tall enough to block shots, and has a good offensive game. Iggy thrived in 2010 as a utility forward who played the 3 and 4.
Westbrook will get a look, especially if Rose is still banged up. RW can also play some 2 so that should help his case. James Harden looks like an ideal player for international competition so he would have an outside shot too.
If the USA wants to send its best players the 1st and 2nd teams I listed would be ideal with the D-Will and Bosh spots being solid too, with consideration also being given to Westbrook, Rajon Rondo, Iggy, Harden, Tyson Chandler, Andrew Bynum, and Roy Hibbert.
Probably the guy who should make the team but might not is Andrew Bynum. The guy is huge and can dominate on offense and defense. He would be the tallest player on the team and he and Howard would evoke memories of David Robinson and Patrick Ewing on the Dream Team.
Of course he did because he cares too much about his image. Just another reason for me to dislike D-Wade.
He knew Skip Bayless was coming out of retirement for that sg spot
Watchout McDunkin : not sg.... scoring pg (more than 1 point/game !!!!)
IMO i feel that they should not be paid salaries However, if there are jersey sales that they should be able to recieve royalties like any other jersey sale
OK so there is big cake.... and players want there slice.... but there is surely some other ideas :
and if all those sales and incomes in order to go to players pocket (or new bentley...) could help team usa to build a better development programm for young prospects ?
or the nba to have a real rookie programm to avoid drugs abuse (remember beasley and chalmers), alcool abuse...(and so on) ?
or some financial / economical class to avoid bankrupty (those 60% broke players after 5 years of retirement) ???
I'm teacher in economics and sales (in france) can I send my resume ? I'm not too expensive.... I won't ask more money than kwame brown....