USA Basketball managing director James Colangelo said that LeBron James may no longer be participating in the Olympics for the United States.
“Father Time takes its toll,” said Colangelo. “If you’re a human being, your body is built to go so long depending on what your sport is, and then it’s a downhill situation. LeBron made choices these last couple of Olympics not to participate because he’s got a lot of things going on in his life.”
James, who skipped the last two Olympics, said in 2016: “Every time I watch ’em, I wish I was out there.”
James joined team USA in 2004. He won gold with the 2008 Redeem Team in Beijing. Four years later, he led the team to another gold in the London Games. In total, James played in 68 games for Team USA.
Kevin Durant and Draymond Green are the only two players that return to play for Team USA in the upcoming Tokyo Games after previously playing in 2016.
Colangelo commented on the current team composition that was finalized on June 28.
“We are excited about the 12 players who have been selected to represent the United States in the Tokyo Olympics,” said Colangelo. This was an unusually challenging selection process for many reasons, including the year postponement of the Olympics and the issues related to the timing of the NBA regular season and playoffs.
“Our roster features players who are experienced in the international game, and this team has outstanding athleticism, versatility and balance,” he continued. “We also believe we have excellent leadership, which is a necessity in order to develop the needed chemistry. We still have a lot of challenges in front of us, but I believe these players will become a team that all Americans will be proud of.”