LeBron James may not be in Rio this summer with Team USA, but that doesn’t mean he’s done playing internationally for the United States.
LeBron recently sat down with ESPN’s Rachel Nichols for an interview and she shared this tidbit from the interview on Twitter:
Oh & yes, talked Olympics with LeBron too. Here was his quote to me. (Also noted how, gosh, Tokyo is a nice city ) pic.twitter.com/1jgbr51sab— Rachel Nichols (@Rachel__Nichols) August 17, 2016
That quote certainly makes it seem as if James plans on returning to Team USA. It is not a guarantee or a firm commitment, but it’s the clearest indication of James’ international future that we’ve seen since he declined to play in this summer’s Olympics.
At the 2020 Olympics - which are in Tokyo, Japan - LeBron will be 35. Typically, players that old don’t play in the Olympics, so he’d be bucking a trend in that regard.
But if he wants it, he’s certainty capable of doing it and playing on that stage. And another gold medal certainly wouldn’t hurt his legacy and status among the best players ever.