Aug 8, 2011, 6:58 PM EDT
LeBron James says is not going to play in Turkey. Or Spain. But he is planning a trip to London.
In Akron for a “Wheels for Education” charity kickoff, LeBron told the Associated Press he is not looking to play overseas because he is so “optimistic” there will be an upcoming season.
Not sure who he is talking to that makes him think that, but great. Somebody should be optimistic. And it’s not me.
James also said he was committed to USA Basketball and helping defend our nation’s gold medal at the 2012 London Olympics.
There have been thoughts that if the lockout wipes out the entire 2012 NBA season that NBA players would not go to London (because USA Basketball is seen as too closely tied to the NBA). However, LeBron joins Kobe Bryant as saying he is in for the 2012 games. Whatever concerns they might have, the chance to increase their global brand may be too great for the biggest players to stay away from the games (Nike would like them to play).
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