In the aftermath of a grueling NBA Finals, LeBron James is leaning toward not competing at the Olympics in Rio this summer, league sources told The Vertical.
While James has not informed USA Basketball of his decision, team officials are operating with the expectation that it is unlikely James will be part of the team.
LeBron is 31, and he just carried the Cavaliers to a championship. He has played for Team USA in three Olympics, winning two gold medals.
If anyone has earned the right to sit this one out, it’s him.
The Americans have planned for his absence, and there’s still a large talent pool to draw from. DeMarcus Cousins, Kevin Durant and Draymond Green are a nice start. Team USA won’t be operating at peak potential, but the team is still favored to win in Rio.