LeBron James to weigh many factors in regards to 2020 Olympics decision

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PORTLAND, OR – DECEMBER 28: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers looks on during the game against the Portland Trail Blazers on December 28, 2019 at the Moda Center Arena in Portland, Oregon. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2019 NBAE (Photo by Cameron Browne/NBAE via Getty Images)

LeBron James is one of the most decorated athletes in NBA history (even sports history), to say the least. He is a three-time NBA champion (hopefully four after this year), a three-time NBA Finals MVP, a four-time MVP, a 16-time All-Star, and a 15-time All-NBA member. That’s not even close to listing all of his accomplishments on the basketball court, but you get the picture.

One of his other very important accolades actually didn’t come within the NBA. I’m, of course, referencing his two gold medals as a part of Team USA in the Olympics. LeBron wasn’t a part of the most recent (and disappointing) FIBA USA team, but then again, not many of the NBA’s best were as pretty much every superstar opted out of playing in light of preparing for their upcoming season.

However, the big one is coming up, as the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo will be this summer. LeBron didn’t participate in the most recent 2016 Olympics, as he was coming off one of his most exhausting playoff campaigns ever after winning the 2016 NBA Finals for the Cleveland Cavaliers. This year, he hopes to win another championship while taking that, and many other factors, into account for when he makes his decision regarding the Olympics (h/t Ben Golliver of The Washington Post).

This is purely my speculation, but I’m going to guess that LeBron won’t be playing for Team USA in the 2020 Olympics. He’s four years older than he was in 2016 when he opted to not play to get some rest, and you have to imagine that the Lakers will at least be making a semi-deep run into the playoffs while hoping to make the longest run that a team can possibly make. At 35-years-old and with so many talented young players who can win the gold for Team USA without LeBron, his appearance in Tokyo is doubtful.

Aside from LeBron, the question was proposed because LeBron, Anthony Davis, JaVale McGee, Kyle Kuzma, and Dwight Howard were five of the 44 NBA players selected as finalists for Team USA at the Olympics. Although the latter three players probably don’t have hopes of making the final roster barring a mass decline from the NBA’s superstars, we have to give them props for being finalists!

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