Report: LeBron James’ Team USA Basketball career likely over
Miami Heat forward LeBron James will not play for USA Basketball during the 2014 world championships in Spain and is doubtful to participate in the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, reports Yahoo! Sports.
USA Basketball executive director Jerry Colangelo told the website that he doesn’t expect James to play next summer and doesn’t plan to ask him.
James has played in three Olympics for USA Basketball, earning a Gold medal in 2008 and 2012 and a Bronze medal in 2004.
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“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.”
Another sign that James’ international playing days are nearing an end: Colangelo proclaimed Kevin Durant as “kind of the face of USA Basketball going forward” to reporters after Wednesday’s minicamp practice. Durant and Kevin Love announced they will play for the U.S. next summer. Colangelo said he expects another “two or four” members from the past Olympics team to play next year.”