LeBron James informed USA Basketball that he would not participate in the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro in August, citing the glut of court time he's logged through six consecutive trips to the Finals. James' agent Rich Paul informed Team USA managing director Jerry Colangelo Thursday of James' decision. "I could use the rest," James told cleveland.com. James' decision could signal the end of his prolific Olympic career. He's 31 and has already won two gold medals (in 2012 and 2008) and a bronze (2004) in three Olympics with Team USA, as well as a bronze in the 2006 FIBA World Championships. He is one of three players to play on three Olympic teams, is among the select few to win an NBA championship and a gold medal in the same year (2012), and steps away as Team USA's all-time leading scorer (273 points) and second-leading rebounder (95 rebounds). He owns one of two triple-doubles in Olympic history. At 31, James is now a three-time NBA champion, having just led his Cavs to their first title Sunday night. He is the first player since Bill Russell in the 1960s to lead his teams to six consecutive Finals, and no player has played more minutes than James during that stretch. Over his 13 NBA seasons, James has played 46,861 minutes. Over the past six, it's 21,664 NBA minutes, with another 330 minutes for Team USA in 2012. Kevin Durant, the next closest, played 18,901 minutes during the same stretch in the NBA.
LeBron James will not play for Team USA in Rio Olympics
Cleveland Plain Dealer | Jun 23