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.
He said 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.
TIMBERWOLVES: All-Star Kevin Love sat out Thursday night against the Los Angeles Clippers, and coach Rick Adelman said it was too soon to tell if Love would return to the court at any point this season.
Love was cleared to return to Minnesota on Thursday after spending the night in a Denver hospital. He sustained a mild concussion and a neck strain when Nuggets forward JaVale McGee inadvertently elbowed him in the head in the first quarter Wednesday night.
Once Love arrives back in Minnesota, he will be further evaluated by Timberwolves doctors before his status is determined for the six remaining games on the schedule. New NBA concussion rules require him to pass an exam from an independent neurologist before he is cleared to play again.
KINGS: Sacramento business leaders are asking NBA Commissioner David Stern and league owners to “strongly encourage” the Maloof family to sell the Kings so a deal for a new arena can proceed.
In a letter signed by about two dozen of Sacramento’s most powerful businesses leaders and sent to Stern on Thursday, the group accuses Kings owners Joe, Gavin and George Maloof of not negotiating in good faith.
It also questions whether the Maloofs have the finances to keep the team in Sacramento.