Jerry Colangelo: LeBron James has spot in 2016 Olympics if he wants it


USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo believes LeBron James wants to be part of Team USA.

Does that mean LeBron – who turns 31 before the 2016 Olympics and has significant mileage – is a lock for Rio?

Colangelo, in a Q&A with Marc J. Spears of Yahoo Sports:

Q: Do you expect LeBron James to be playing for USA in the Olympics next year?

Colangelo: He is one of the greatest players of all time. If he wants to be on the team, how is he not going to be on the team? It’s really not my call. It’s really his call. If that is still important to him and what he wants to do, I truly believe that’s what he wants, than he will be there.

Q: Has James said he will be playing in the 2016 Rio Olympics?

Colangelo: I think he is intent on wanting to play for USA Basketball and be in the Olympics next year.

The first step is attending Team USA’s minicamp next month, which Colangelo has deemed mandatory for Olympic inclusion. LeBron doesn’t have to play, and I doubt he would. He just has to show up.

That will buy him time to make this decision, and as we all expected, it’s his decision. LeBron has been too good and has been too important to USA Basketball to leave him home. Even as the talent pool rises, LeBron is a lock – if he wants to play.