LeBron James isn’t sure if he will play in the 2016 summer Olympics in Brazil, but his roster spot is his if he wants it.
That was the message that USA basketball managing director Jerry Colangelo sent on Tuesday.
It’s expected that LeBron won’t make an official decision on his participation in the Olympics until after next season, and Colangelo is perfectly fine with it.
Colangelo spoke to ESPN’s Marc Stein.
“He will be in town during the course of this week,” Colangelo said. “He won’t be participating in any practices to the best of my knowledge, but … he knows he has a [roster] spot.
“If he wants to perform — and I believe deep down inside he does — then I would expect that he will be playing for us next summer.”
Colangelo has previously said that attendance at the team’s minicamp in Las Vegas this week is mandatory in order to be considered for the 2016 team. LeBron will meet that requirement despite not participating. The three-day minicamp and scrimmage is said to be non-contact.
If LeBron plays in 2016, it’ll be his fourth Olympic games, which would break David Robinson’s record of three different Olympic tournaments played for the United States. Carmelo Anthony has also played in three Olympic tournaments.