Posted June 29, 2012

Chris Bosh out for London Olympics to rest abdominal injury

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Miami Heat forward Chris Bosh is the latest NBA champion to pull his name from U.S. Olympic team consideration.

According to The Associated Press, Bosh decided against competing in the 2012 Olympics to rest and rehab an abdominal strain he suffered during the playoffs, which caused him to miss nine games.

Last week, Heat teammate Dwyane Wade said he would not be available to play for head coach Mike Krzyzewski this summer because he would have knee surgery. Bosh’s agent Henry Thomas said the Heat forward wanted to be part of another gold medal run.

“It was a great experience in `08. Feels like it could be another one,” Thomas said. “The exposure he would get being part of that team is something he would like. But at the end of the day, his health going forward is more important than all of those things.”

The loss of Bosh leaves Team USA thin in the paint. The team will also be without Dwight Howard and LaMarcus Aldridge due to injuries. Tyson Chandler, Kevin Love, Blake Griffin and Lamar Odom are the only players 6-foot-10 or taller left on the finalists list. No. 1 pick Anthony Davis is also on the list of 17, and Krzyzewski may have to utilize him when the team begins play in London on July 29.