LeBron James has a spot on USA Basketball’s 2016 Olympic team if he wants one. And judging by this latest development, it seems clear the two-time gold medalist has every intention of suiting up for his country at least one more time.
Chris Haynes of the Northeast Ohio Media Group reports that James is likely to practice on Wednesday rather than honor his original plan of watching Team USA’s ongoing minicamp from the sidelines.
According to sources, James may partake in parts of Wednesday’s morning non-contact session at the campus of UNLV before heading back to Cleveland for a LeBron James Foundation event on Thursday.
He’s seriously contemplating joining the practice, one source said.
USAB managing director Jerry Colangelo made it clear that consideration for the Rio de Janeiro squad was contingent on appearing in Las Vegas this week. But he gave James and select others a pass when it comes to actually participating, and the 31-year-old initially took Colangelo up on that offer.
Perhaps motivated by watching his fellow countrymen practice on NBA TV yesterday or simply itching to get back on the floor, it seems James will take part in basketball activities upon his Las Vegas arrival. The change speaks volumes of his commitment, too, considering Colangelo told ESPN’s Marc Stein that James “knows he has a roster spot.”
LeBron James, folks. The new Captain America.