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Miami Heat Getting Inside 2009-12-08

Miami Heat Getting Inside 2009-12-08Despite committing to USA Basketball czar Jerry Colangelo to the Olympic basketball program, Heat guard Dwyane Wade remains uncertain about participating in next summer's World Championship in Turkey.

Wade previously had vowed to follow the leads of friends and 2008 fellow Olympians LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony. But with James and Wade to be free agents next summer, there is some hesitancy to add to what already could be a hectic offseason.

"It's tough," said Wade, whose more immediate challenge is Friday's home game against the Mavericks. "I've made a commitment. I'm committed to USA-B. It's tough this summer. I have to wait. And it's not just because of the contract. It's a long season. I've got to wait to see how my body feels, as well. So it's not as easy as other summers."

Should the United States take gold at the World Championships, which are scheduled for Aug. 29 through Sept. 12, it automatically would qualify for the 2012 London Olympics. Otherwise, there would be a round of regional offseason qualifying in 2011.

"I'll talk to the guys that are on the team," Wade said, with Carmelo Anthony and Kobe Bryant, opponents just this past week, already agreeing to participate this summer.

Colangelo has structured an offseason schedule that would allow free agents to handle their business before getting down into the meat of the national-team schedule. A minicamp the third week of July could be made optional for those involved in free agency, with the national team then to begin training the second week of July in Las Vegas. The 2010 free-agency signing period begins July 8, with negotiations allowed to begin July 1.

With the Heat's personnel decisions on hold until 2010 free agency, Wade senses it could be a particularly grueling year, even without a national commitment.

"Most importantly," he said, "it all depends on how I feel, how my body feels, in going through this long season."

HEAT 115, KINGS 102: While guard Dwyane Wade scored 34 points to pace the offense, it was the ball-handling performance of forward Dorell Wright that kept the Heat afloat, as it closed its four-game western swing at 2-2. Forwards Michael Beasley and Quentin Richardson each added 20 points.

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