Friday , Apr , 18 , 2008 C.Y. Ellis

Dwyane Wade: I’ll Be Ready for Olympics

The Miami Heat guard, who led his team to the 2006 NBA title and has been saddled with injuries for much of the two seasons since, reiterated Thursday that he expects to be physically ready to compete in training camps with the team this summer and then play when the squad heads to Beijing for the Olympics in August.

"I really want to stress to them that I really want to be a part of this team, badly," Wade said. "I’ve been waiting four years for this opportunity. So I’ll do everything I can to make sure that I’m hopefully ready enough to go out there and play. And if I’m not, they should move on and get somebody else. But I’m not looking at that as being the case."

Wade has missed 31 games in each of the past two seasons with a variety of injuries and was held out of the final 21 games this season because of ongoing problems with his surgically repaired left knee. [ESPN]