Lebron James of the Cleveland Cavailers has said that he would not play for Team USA in the 2016 Rio Olympics because he would like to rest after leading his team to championship in a seven-game National Basketball Authority (NBA) finals last June 20, Monday, cleveland.com reported on June 23, Thursday.
James was the first player to lead a team to six consecutive finals when his team sinc Bill Russell in the 1960s. Cleveland Cavaliers won over Golden State Warriors in the last NBA season.
Report said that someone close to James was quoted as saying “that desire to rest his body from the last championship run and prepare for what he hopes is a second one for the Cavs is his sole reason for not playing for Team USA.”
His agent, Rich Paul, informed Team USA of James decision on Thursday.
The 31-year-old, four-time league Most Valuable Player might meet the end of his “prolific Olympic career” following his decision, report said.
James won gold medals with Team USA at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics.
Reports said that basketball stars Stephen Curry, Russell Westbrook, James Harden, LaMarcus Aldridge, Chris Paul, a close friend of LeBron James; Kawhi Leonard, and Damian Lillard have all declined to play in Rio.
But Carmelo Anthony, another close friend of James, is expected to play for Team USA. MC