With LeBron James not participating in the 2014 FIBA World Championships and reports in recent years have indicated the day of LeBron James playing for Team USA might be over. For the past 5 years, he has played in a full NBA season along with making it to the NBA Finals.
Recently Lang Whitaker at NBA.com announced that USA Basketball executive director Jerry Colangelo isn’t so sure James wont be playing for Team USA at the 2016 Olympics in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil as he told Sirius’ NBA XM radio yesterday:
Well, I think LeBron wants to be part of it. You know, when you talk about LeBron, Dwyane Wade, Amar’e Stoudemire and Carmelo [Anthony], they were the four young players who were, what, 19 years old, 20 at the best, who were added to the roster when some people dropped out at the last minute. They weren’t quite ready for prime time, if you think back. They just weren’t, and it’s a little bit of a disservice in some ways, but the NBA was looking to promote young, up and coming stars, and I get that.
That’s one of the reasons why I was asked to take over the program. I said, ‘Look, I’ll do it, but it has to be complete autonomy, no more committees, no more politics. I’ll pick the coaches, I’ll pick the players if I’m going to be responsible.’ That’s the only way you can really turn the program and make it successful. So, we deal with it as it comes.
Many will interpret this in their own way but it does not exactly sound like LeBron James is coming back for sure. He has already captured a gold medal in the 2008 and 2012 Olympics and a bronze in 2004 so we cannot really say he has not helped the USA win championships internationally.
As NBA superstars Blake griffin, Kevin Love and Carmelo Anthony gather in Vegas for the summer camp to prepare for next years summer Olympics in Brazil, many analysts and fans will be hoping for the announcement to come from LeBron that he will be playing. But until its official it will still be up in the air.