Report: LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony agree to play in Rio Olympics


Officially, LeBron James has said he hasn’t made a decision about playing in the 2016 Rio Olympics, saying he would decide after the season (when he likely will have made his sixth consecutive trip to the NBA Finals).

Carmelo Anthony has said he’d like to go to Rio if he can make Team USA.

Now comes a report both have said they are in, via the veteran NBA reporter Peter Vecsey.

If true, it’s not a surprise that Anthony would say yes. He also has been fantastic in the last two Olympics, being willing to share the ball and play a team game for Mike Krzyzewski like Knicks coaches have only dreamed about.

LeBron isn’t a huge surprise, but there certainly is more question about whether he would go. He has two gold medals (and bronze from 2004) and likely will have played into June six straight seasons by the time the Cavaliers season ends. He may want rest more than another medal. On the other hand, LeBron is in the legacy building stage of his career, and no men’s USA Basketball player has been to four Olympics nor have three gold medals.

Things can change between now and April, but don’t be shocked to see good friends LeBron and ‘Melo in Rio.