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LeBron says it’s too early to know if he’ll play in 2016 Olympics

Jan 24, 2014, 12:02 PM EDT

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LeBron James will not be part of Team USA this summer when it heads off to Spain to try and earn a berth in the 2016 Rio Olympics (winner of the World Championships automatically qualifies). After three straight trips to the Finals for the Heat, plus the London Olympics in that mix, LeBron is taking a summer off.

One way or another, team USA will be in Rio — but LeBron isn’t sure yet if he will be with them.

He is in the pool of players considered for the games, which was released by USA Basketball Thursday. But LeBron told Fox Sports Florida he’s not sure is he will play in Brazil in 2016.

“I don’t know where I stand for 2016,” James said before Thursday night’s game against the Los Angeles Lakers. “Obviously, if I’m healthy in 2016 that summer, if I can get to leading our country by playing, then that would be great to be a part of that.

“But I can’t commit to it right now.”

LeBron has been to the last three Olympics for the USA, picking up a Bronze in Athens and golds in Beijing and London.

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If he gets a third gold he would have more than any other USA Basketball player in history — Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant and others have two, but not three. For a guy at the point in his career where he is trying to define his legacy, that could be a real motivation.

But it’s too early for him to commit right now.

  1. cbking05 - Jan 24, 2014 at 12:31 PM

    We shall await the “Decision” then…

    • AndiMirandi - Jan 24, 2014 at 2:05 PM

      We’ll have to wait to see if he decides to “Take his talents to Rio…”

      • asimonetti88 - Jan 24, 2014 at 2:32 PM

        Maybe he’ll take his talents to Sochi instead

      • asimonetti88 - Jan 24, 2014 at 7:11 PM

        I want to see LeBron do Big Air Snowboarding

  2. slystone111 - Jan 24, 2014 at 12:38 PM

    By then, he’s unlikely to be one of the United States’ 15 best players, anyhow. So it will be a moot point.

    • legend30 - Jan 24, 2014 at 2:28 PM

      So once LeBron is 31, he’s not a top 15 player? Must be a Cleveland fan.

    • legend30 - Jan 24, 2014 at 2:31 PM

      I understand you’re butt-hurt, but you make J.R. Smith look like a genius.

      • bougin89 - Jan 24, 2014 at 3:24 PM

        slystone111 was joking.

        Wait, he was joking right?

  3. jbeagles23 - Jan 24, 2014 at 1:06 PM

    Haha. Dudes in his prime. Hell still be the best in 2016

  4. adoombray - Jan 24, 2014 at 5:41 PM

    That’s the same line he gives when asked about his impending Free Agency – it translates to “stop fishing for a story dude i don’t even know what im having for breakfast tomorrow yet. want to talk about my stat line from my previous game?” and it must be kinda nice to be such a great player nobody even mentions your numbers anymore they just talk about you possibly not being the greatest in 2+ years

    • adoombray - Jan 24, 2014 at 5:41 PM

      p.s. i live in Boston and im just praying they don’t trade Rondo so don’t go accusing me of bias here lol

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