‘ Olympic Career ‘Is Over,’of LeBron James. USA Basketball Director Predicts: ‘Father Time Takes Its Toll’

As LeBron James embarks on the final chapter of his professional basketball career, at least one Olympic official doesn’t expect him to attend the Summer Games one last time.

During an interview with ESPN, USA Basketball CEO Jerry Colangelo said the 36-year-old Los Angeles Lakers star, who participated in three Olympics for team USA, is unlikely to do it again. this.

“You know, Father Time is taking its toll,” Colangelo said of James, a four-time NBA champion. “… When you’re human, your body is built to last that long, depending on the sport, and then it goes downhill.”

Colangelo continued, “LeBron has chosen not to participate in the last couple of Olympics because there are many things that happen in his life. So he has invested his time, something that will be appreciated, but I think that he is finished. “. “
James won bronze at the 2004 Olympics before winning two consecutive gold medals with the team in 2008 and 2012.

Despite Team USA’s success on the field, the Space Jam: A New Legacy star had previously decided not to participate in the last two Olympics: the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro and this year’s event. in Tokyo.

Just before the 2016 Olympics, James and the Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Golden State Warriors to win an NBA title. It was his sixth consecutive appearance in the NBA Finals, and in 2017 and 2018 he returned to the championship round.
While James’ Lakers won the NBA title in 2020, the 2020/21 season was riddled with injuries for the Lakers.

James missed dozens of games during the season with an ankle injury, while his teammate Anthony Davis had ailments of his own. The injuries turned out to be too many and the Lakers were eliminated from this year’s playoffs in the first round.

James will be approaching his 40th birthday by the 2024 Olympics, and it’s hard to imagine the tournament being attractive to him at that age. But at least for the Tokyo Olympics, Team USA could be in good hands.

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