LeBron James has played in six straight NBA Finals, plus you can throw in the 2012 Olympics in London (his third) — the man has put his body through a lot in recent years.
Nobody should question if he wants to take the Rio Olympics off. Which apparently he does.
That rumor started after the Finals and LeBron confirmed it to Chris Haynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
He’s not made a final decision yet, but we should expect that in the coming days. And I doubt he changes his mind — he’s not taking his family to Rio with all the potential health issues, and he also is filming Space Jam II in late August and September. He’s got plenty on his plate.
With all due respect to LeBron being the best player on the planet, whether or not he plays will not change the fact the USA is winning gold. Already the team reportedly has locked in Kevin Durant, Draymond Green, Kyrie Irving, Klay Thompson, Kawhi Leonard, Paul George, DeMarcus Cousins, with Jimmy Butler and Damian Lillard also likely to make the cut. No team in the world can come close to matching the USA’s talent and depth, most of the teams they will face have one or two NBA level players. Spain, which earned the silver medal the last two Olympics, will be without Marc Gasol and maybe without Pau Gasol, and the rest of their core has gotten old. This go around, nobody can come close to the USA.
So LeBron can take the summer off and relax. At least until he gets a look at that Space Jam II script.