OKLAHOMA CITY Though Jerry Colangelo will be on an overseas trip during some of the NBA finals, he plans to keep a close eye on the series.
After all, few people have as many connections to both teams as USA Basketballs chairman.
A third of our player pool is in the finals, six of them, Colangelo said. So Im watching it very closely, and my party line is I wish them all well and good health.
Miamis LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh all played for the U.S. mens basketball team that won Olympic gold at the 2008 Beijing Games, and the Thunders Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and James Harden join them as candidates to be in London this summer.
The national team hasnt had enough good health this year by any stretch.
Dwight Howard, Derrick Rose, Chauncey Billups and LaMarcus Aldridge have been knocked out by injuries, forcing the Americans to get permission from the U.S. Olympic Committee to add Harden and Kentucky All-American Anthony Davis to the pool long after the original deadline so they would have 18 players.
Then Bosh went down with a strained lower abdominal muscle in Game 1 of the second round and missed nine games. He seemed back to full strength in the Heats Game 7 victory over Boston in the Eastern Conference finals, scoring 19 points on 8-for-10 shooting, making three 3-pointers.
I was very happy to see that, Colangelo said of Boshs performance. Watching him come back, we were anxious to see how he would come back, and I think hes passed a lot of tests in my opinion, and as long as theres no reoccurrence of any kind of a strain during the finals here, he should be fine. So were very pleased about that.
Wade has said he wants to see how he feels after the season before committing to play this summer, with the Americans set to hold their first practice July 6. Bosh said his injury didnt make him consider his plans.
I havent even thought about this summer, he said. I know its going to come very quickly, but I havent given it any thought at all. Just been moving forward as usual.
The Heat lost the series-opener against the Thunder, and Game 2 is Thursday.