Jerry Colangelo Wonders if LeBron James is ‘Desirous’ of a Third Gold Medal

by August 04, 2015

USA Basketball head honcho Jerry Colangelo continues to apply the pressure on LeBron James to re-join the program this summer, wondering aloud if King James truly wants a third Gold Medal added to his collection.

Colangelo “expects” LeBron to show up in Las Vegas next week for meetings and workouts for the run-up to the 2016 Olympics.

James’ camp has given no indication that he’ll be there, though.

Per the NEOMG:

But James’ agent, Rich Paul, only told Colangelo of scheduling conflicts James has next week and gave no commitment that James would attend Team USA’s four-day sojourn to Las Vegas for meetings and a scrimmage on Aug. 13, Colangelo said.


In other words, James’ status with Team USA as the organization prepares to chase its third consecutive gold medal at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, is both unchanged and unknown. He, too, would be pursing a third gold, but he’s already played in five consecutive Finals, hopes to be chasing a sixth in June, and has logged 43,330 minutes in 12 NBA seasons at the age of 30.


“LeBron has had an incredible career, and I know how many minutes he’s played. He’s played a lifetime of minutes,” Colangelo said in a phone interview. “He’s been involved with Team USA basketball since he was 19. This is totally up to him – he has to make the call whether he wants to go after three Gold medals. […] One thing I need to find out: is he desirous, is he committed,” Colangelo said. “I don’t know that right now, and I need to find out at some point. An indicator will come next week when we see who shows up.”