To no one’s surprise, LeBron James confirmed through his camp that he will not be joining Team USA in Rio at the Olympics this summer.
The three-time NBA champion needs a break after leading the Cleveland Cavaliers to their first title in franchise history.
The American national hoops team will still feature plenty of headliners.
Per the AP:
With LeBron James taking a pass, Carmelo Anthony alone will have a chance to become the most-decorated Olympian in men’s basketball history. […] The New York Knicks forward has agreed to chase a fourth Olympic medal, a person with knowledge of the details said Thursday.
He and James both have two gold medals and a bronze, but James informed USA Basketball that he has withdrawn from consideration, agent Rich Paul said on Thursday night.
Toronto teammates Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan will be on it, the person said, speaking on condition of anonymity because the roster discussions were to remain private. […] Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant, Indiana’s Paul George, Golden State’s Draymond Green and Klay Thompson, Sacramento’s DeMarcus Cousins, Chicago’s Jimmy Butler and the Clippers’ DeAndre Jordan are also committed to play for the two-time defending champions in Rio de Janeiro. The Americans are also holding a spot for Kyrie Irving, James’ Cavaliers teammate.