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LeBron loves that Coach K is back with Team USA, but will he play in 2016?

May 22, 2013, 9:02 PM EDT

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Mike Krzyzewski coming back to coach Team USA for the 2016 Rio Olympics is certainly a good step toward another gold medal for the Americans. Coach K has been 62-1 at the helm of USA Basketball.

But it’s not the biggest key.

That would be getting LeBron James, Kevin Durant and the elite talent of the NBA to sign up for a summer of work then a couple weeks in Brazil.

The 2016 team was LeBron’s team, so is he happy Coach K is back? Yes. LeBron couldn’t have been clearer in comments to Ken Berger of

“I think it’s great,” James said before Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals on Wednesday night. “What he means to USA Basketball is beyond just what we do on the court. It’s what we stand for as Americans and being proud to wear the red, white and blue every time we step off the bus or go to practice or talk to the media or whatever the case may be.”

So, you going to play in 2016, LeBron?

“First, I’ve got to make sure I stay healthy,” James said. “If I’m fortunate enough to be healthy, I would love to represent my country again. But that’s a long time from now, so we’ll see.”

If that becomes a yes for him and a few of his buddies, that gold becomes much more likely.

  1. rodge1 - May 22, 2013 at 9:33 PM

    Good news for Team USA… Funny how the haters don’t complain about LeBron when he plays on Team USA.

    • melkipershero - May 22, 2013 at 9:42 PM

      Which is good. Same goes for Kobe. When it comes to anything USA vs everyone else I can put my biases aside for that time.

  2. 13arod - May 22, 2013 at 10:52 PM

    kobe said he was going to reire in 2015 dummy

  3. supremekingz - May 23, 2013 at 10:26 AM

    Durant, Westbrook, CP3, Steph Curry, D Rose, and insert whatever rim protected Center we need and that’s a squad that could conquer the world. Gold should be easy. We might even have a few new superstars in the NBA by then too.

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