IT’S a no brainer to have Lebron James on board for Team USA in the 2016 Rio Olympics.
USA Basketball executive director Jerry Colangelo said the cage body definitely welcomes the man he describes as ‘one of the greatest players of all time,’ to the team that will defend its title in next year’s Summer Games in the seaside city of Brazil.
But ultimately, the NBA superstar himself will make the call, said the 75-year-old Colangelo in an interview by Yahoo! Sports’ Marc J. Spears.
“He is one of the greatest players of all time. If he wants to be on the team, how is he not going to be on the team?” said the longtime USA Basketball executive.
“It’s really not my call. It’s really his call, If that is still important to him and what he wants to do, I truly believe that’s what he wants, then he will be there.”
The Cleveland Cavaliers star has suited up in three Olympics for Team USA since the 2004 Games in Athens, helping the Americans win the gold medal in the 2008 and 2012 editions in Beijing and London.
In the last Summer Games, the four-time NBA MVP registered the first triple-double in US Olympic basketball history with 11 points, 14 rebounds, and 12 assists in a win over Australia.
James then scored 19 points in the gold medal game against Spain to become the all-time leading scorer in US men’s basketball history.
So will a fourth Olympic stint be in the horizon for ‘King James?’ Colangelo thinks so.
“I think he is intent on wanting to play for USA Basketball and be in the Olympics next year,” he said.