LeBron James’s Team USA career likely is over, report says

July 25, 2013

LeBron James hugged Team USA’s heir apparent, Kevin Durant, in London. (Charles Krupa / AP)

LeBron James won’t be taking his talents to Rio.

The Miami Heat star, who has two gold medals and a bronze in three Olympic appearances, is doubtful to play for USA Basketball during the 2014 world championships in Spain and the 2016 Olympics in Brazil, according to a Yahoo report. Jerry Colangelo, executive director of USA Basketball, confirmed to Yahoo that he doesn’t expect James to play and isn’t planning to ask him.

“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.”

James may be only 28, but he’s been in the NBA for 10 years and those have been long seasons — the last three years Miami has gone to the Finals. So now, Colangelo acknowledged Wednesday, Kevin Durant is “kind of the face of USA Basketball going forward.” James probably prefers to focus on preparing for the NBA season, which has lasted deep into the summer the last three years.

“The only way I could see him playing in the Olympics is if his country really, really needed him to play,” an unnamed source told Yahoo. “But hasn’t he done enough?”

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After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.
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