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Report: LeBron will not play for USA in 2014, could well skip 2016 Olympics

Jul 24, 2013, 8:34 PM EDT

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When Kevin Love and particularly Kevin Durant said they would come back to play for Team USA at the 2014 World Cup (FIBA’s World Championship, but they want to steal the soccer name now) it was a real coup. Durant could blow off the trip to Spain next summer for the World Cup and still play in the Olympics a couple years later, he is after all the second best player in the world (and by 2016 he may be higher on the list). But he wants to play.

LeBron James was never expected to play in 2014; USA Basketball president Jerry Colangelo isn’t even going to request it.

However, he may choose not to play in the 2016 Olympics in Brazil either, reports Marc Spears of Yahoo Sports.

James, 28, will not play for USA Basketball during the 2014 world championships in Spain and is doubtful to participate in the 2016 Olympics in Brazil, a source close to the Miami Heat forward told Yahoo! Sports on Wednesday. USA Basketball executive director Jerry Colangelo also confirmed to Yahoo! Sports he doesn’t expect James to play next summer – and doesn’t plan to ask him….

“LeBron is going to be three years older during the next Olympics. He will have two older boys. He has a lot to endure with his family,” the source told Y! Sports. “He played in three Olympics. Everyone that knows LeBron knows it’s always based on a decision at that moment. But if the moment was today, the answer would be no.”

Three years is a long, long time away. To say exactly what LeBron (or Durant or Chris Paul or Kyrie Irving or anyone else) will be thinking in three years is impossible.

That said, it sure does sound like he may be thinking about his career and his legs during the regular season more than another gold medal. LeBron has two golds, no player has three. If he wants to sit, it’s hard to blame him much.

But there is another factor that will play in all this — Nike. And the LeBron brand. LeBron now sells more shoes than Kobe Bryant or any other active player (Jordan is still king, by a mile) and the Olympics is a huge international platform that reaches into China and other corners of the globe. There could be pressure on him to play.

But we are two years away from this question really being asked in any serious way. So we’ll see.

  1. 808raiderinparadise - Jul 24, 2013 at 8:39 PM


    Expected, his focus is strictly NBA titles and family.

    Thats a great pace for him.

    To have a shot at 7 titles he has to keep in top shape till about 34

    • cantonbound13 - Jul 24, 2013 at 10:04 PM

      He won’t have to worry about a failed PED test. Daddy Stern will make sure he’s not busted by the NBA, he can’t do so for the Olympics. Now he never has to come off a cycle.

      • bcwildcat24 - Jul 25, 2013 at 10:45 AM

        Please tell me you’re joking cantonclown. You have this sick obsession with Lebron man. Get over it. PS… Knicks still suck.

      • leahcima1 - Jul 25, 2013 at 11:19 AM

        I see cantonjerk13 has come out of his cave after the Knicks celebrated another year of losing. Your jealousy is boundless. I overslept so I missed out. Do we have a NBA champion yet? We do. Oh jerko pray tell what’s the name of this year’s champs? lol

      • jimeejohnson - Jul 25, 2013 at 12:04 PM

        Don’t feed the loser trolls.

  2. m3dman3 - Jul 24, 2013 at 9:11 PM

    As selfish a player as they come. Lebron is so annoying, disgrace to the game.

    • irishfan109 - Jul 24, 2013 at 9:16 PM

      He won 2 gold medals. Jordan won 2 gold medals. Is Jordan selfish because he had an opportunity to go for a 3rd gold medal and didn’t? How about Magic or Stockton, or any of the other Hall of Famers that had a chance to go for a 3rd medal but didn’t?

    • zidanevalor - Jul 24, 2013 at 9:53 PM

      Lebron is one of three US players to play in three Olympics (and I don’t think anyone has played in four.)

      • bougin89 - Jul 25, 2013 at 3:18 PM

        Lisa Leslie!

    • dls612 - Jul 24, 2013 at 10:37 PM

      You’re disgrace for that comment!

  3. 1972wasalongtimeago - Jul 24, 2013 at 9:33 PM


    • cantonbound13 - Jul 24, 2013 at 10:04 PM


      • leahcima1 - Jul 25, 2013 at 11:23 AM

        Now don’t call yourself a loser cantonjerk13. You’re only a loser when ever you play, except with yourself in which case it’s a tie. lol

  4. hojo20 - Jul 24, 2013 at 9:37 PM

    The Olympics suck. I’d rather have Lebron and all the others fresh for the regular season.

  5. antistratfordian - Jul 24, 2013 at 9:50 PM

    When the games are right around the corner and everyone is excited and you have a chance to make history, it’s going to be irresistible.

    Consider: James would be the first player to win three men’s basketball gold medals. And he could end up leaving USA Basketball with the record for most career points, assists, rebounds and steals.

    Coach K came back for one more run. LeBron will do the same. I expect him to be there.

  6. cantonbound13 - Jul 24, 2013 at 9:56 PM

    Overrated, egomaniac. They’ll win gold without this selfish diva.

    • leahcima1 - Jul 25, 2013 at 11:25 AM

      Amazing cantonjerk13. Even a broken clock is right twice a day. You’ve never been right.

      • cantonbound13 - Jul 25, 2013 at 8:03 PM

        The crack whore Leah is back. Left early as usual & trying to make a comeback.

  7. footballgod87 - Jul 24, 2013 at 10:18 PM

    Its funny all the hate this guy gets, when he helped bring America 2 gold medals. Only on PBT does a 2 time gold medalist, 2 time champion and a 4 time MVP get called A “loser”

    • bcwildcat24 - Jul 25, 2013 at 10:55 AM

      Well because if the almighty Michael Jordan were still playing, he’d play in the Olympics for sure! These people forget that Michael turned down the Olympics in ’96. To hear some people talk of MJ, you’d think he could have taken on the rest of the field by himself and would have still won the gold.

    • jimeejohnson - Jul 25, 2013 at 12:06 PM

      He gets hate from pathetic losers with pea brains.

  8. footballgod87 - Jul 24, 2013 at 10:42 PM

    If that’s aimed at me that just goes to show how twisted people are. All I said is he is no loser and his accomplishments prove that. not even a Lebron fan, but the irrational hate he still faces is ridiculous

  9. footballgod87 - Jul 24, 2013 at 10:56 PM

    Ignore my last post. The comments show up in a different order on the mobile app as opposed to the main site for some reason.

  10. northstarnic - Jul 25, 2013 at 12:07 AM


  11. money2long - Jul 25, 2013 at 12:24 AM

    this is probably the only team anyone can say this for, so with all due respect lebron, who needs you !

    and honestly, that’s true. the US is so stacked. lebron is great, but for this team, if we have enough all stars commit, lebron’s focus should be on the long anticipated grind he will endure for the next multiple seasons in the nba.

    with that said, the team would love to have him and as a fan of good basketball, i’d love to watch him play if he decided to lean toward playing olympic ball.

  12. thetooloftools - Jul 25, 2013 at 12:27 AM

    Someone forgot to mention the baby he had with Sharon Reed?
    What is up with that?
    Maybe he wants to spend more time with THEM too !

  13. jbeagles23 - Jul 25, 2013 at 8:47 AM

    Cantonbound still so much hate for the GOAT. You are such a scrub. Come on here talking nonsense all the time. Still flipping those burgs at Mickey ds pal?

    • cantonbound13 - Jul 25, 2013 at 9:10 AM

      GOAT? I know that doesn’t mean greatest of all time. You can’t be that stupid. He has a losing record in NBA Finals & that’s including 3 series with 2 other all stars. He’s lost as many games as Jordan has in Finals history, but Jordan actually lead his team to 6 titles.
      If not for Ray Allen saving him in game 6, LeBron would have been a goat! He bricked 3 shots & had 2 turnovers in the last 2 minutes of that game. Sad that you praise such a fraud.

    • asimonetti88 - Jul 25, 2013 at 11:40 AM

      LeBron has made some big strides in his career the last few years, but he is not in the discussion for greatest player of all time yet. You look at the accomplishments and skill levels of guys like Wilt Chamberlain, Bill Russell, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Michael Jordan, even Tim Duncan, Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant, and they are still the names that are most likely to be considered greatest player ever.

      LeBron is young. He is still in his prime. Let him finish out his career, see what more he can accomplish, then have this discussion. Until then, don’t try to define his legacy for him, let him create it on his own.

    • jimeejohnson - Jul 25, 2013 at 12:07 PM

      You give that loser way too much credit.

  14. Nostrils10 - Jul 25, 2013 at 9:37 AM

    Who cares… Hyped

  15. ccshocktalk - Jul 25, 2013 at 10:15 AM

    At the end of the day the United States basketball will be just fine without LeBron James. It was just fine without Michael Jordan after the 1992 Olympics.

    There were plenty of other stars then, there are plenty of other stars now.

  16. doctordunkenstein - Jul 25, 2013 at 11:07 AM

    cantonbound, you are sad sad little man

    • jimeejohnson - Jul 25, 2013 at 12:07 PM

      He’s a punk ass loser.

      • cantonbound13 - Jul 25, 2013 at 8:09 PM

        Nice name. Is that in honor of one of the most overrated coaches in the history of the NFL? No wonder you praise the most overrated NBA player in history. You just don’t know talent, period.

  17. miamatt - Jul 25, 2013 at 12:42 PM

    As a Heat fan, I hope he does sit out.

    In the words of James T. Kirk, “We’ve done our part for king and country.”

  18. monkeyhateclean - Jul 25, 2013 at 1:51 PM

    Probably a good move; the international game doesn’t lend itself to flopping like the NBA does, rendering Bron-Bron pretty ineffective.

  19. dezglobal - Jul 25, 2013 at 2:05 PM

    I don’t blame him.. He’s been in 3 olympics and Has won 2 gold medals.. To play an entire NBA season then jump right into training for the United States olympic team isn’t easy. He won’t be in his 20s forever.

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