NBA News: LeBron James opts out of Team USA?

By Peter Erick Magbanua@dakelsmb on
LeBron James says he is contemplating on Rio Olympics. (Photo Courtesy: Keith Allison/Wikimedia)

Cleveland Cavaliers power forward LeBron James has stated that he is still undecided on whether to play for Team USA in the Rio Olympics slated in August in Brazil.

James issued the statement during the All-Stars media day in Toronto, saying that he has “not made any decisions yet.” He had played for Team USA in three Olympics wherein they won two gold and one bronze medals.

“Well, for me, I haven’t quite decided if I’m one the fence of going or not,” LeBron said. “But I’ve always loved representing my country. I’ve been playing in the Olympic Games since 2004.”

But NBA insiders believe that the main reason why James is still contemplating of donning his country’s colors is because he got disappointed that Kobe Bryant will not be pursuing an Olympic spot in Team USA as part of his farewell game.

James has expressed his thought of wanting to play side-by-side with Bryant one last time and sees the Olympics as the best farewell stage for him. But Bryant has decided that the 2012 Olympics would be his last international game with Team USA.

Aside from James, 18 other players from the NBA have been named to Team USA for the Rio Olympics. The team will be coached by Mike Krzyzewski (Duke University) with Jim Boeheim (Syracuse University), Tom Thibodeau and Monty Williams (Oklahoma City Thunder) as assistant coaches.

James is in Toronto and will see action for the East All-Stars in the All-Star Game, which will be coached by Tyronn Lue (Cleveland Cavaliers) and will be in the starting five together with Paul George (Indiana Pacers), Carmelo Anthony (New York Knicks), Dwayne Wade (Miami Heat) and Kyle Lowry (Toronto Raptors).

Photo Courtesy: Keith Allison/Wikimedia

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