LeBron James isn’t even 30 years old yet, but he’s already played in 3 Olympic Games. Don’t forget, he, Wade and Carmelo were all rookies on that 2004 bronze team.
Because he has already dedicated so much to Team USA basketball, he may be done. In fact, Jerry Colangelo has already dubbed Kevin Durant as the face to USA basketball, which may be a subtle hint. If this report is true, LeBron may receive some heat for doing so, but he has certainly earned the right the decline.
LeBron James‘ days of playing for Team USA have likely ended.
James, 28, will not play for USA Basketball during the 2014 world championships in Spain and is doubtful to participate in the 2016 Olympics in Brazil, a source close to the Miami Heat forward told Yahoo! Sports on Wednesday. USA Basketball executive director Jerry Colangelo also confirmed to Yahoo! Sports he doesn’t expect James to play next summer – and doesn’t plan to ask him.
James has already won two Olympic gold medals and a bronze in three Olympic appearances that began in 2004.
“LeBron is going to be three years older during the next Olympics. He will have two older boys. He has a lot to endure with his family,” the source told Y! Sports. “He played in three Olympics. Everyone that knows LeBron knows it’s always based on a decision at that moment. But if the moment was today, the answer would be no.”