LeBron James and Anthony Davis will not participate in 2021 Tokyo Olympics

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October 5, 2019; San Francisco, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis (3) and forward LeBron James (23) sit on the bench during the third quarter against the Golden State Warriors at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

It has been a few days since the Los Angeles Lakers’ season came to end. While it still hurts, it is simply time to move on. At this point, we know what the Lakers need and that is rest. Players like LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, and Jared Dudley will have a full-offseason to get their bodies right. After a 71-day offseason, even players who weren’t battling injuries will get to enjoy this much-needed rest.

LeBron James is technically still recovering from his high ankle sprain, but the Olympics are right around the corner. Could LeBron put on the stars and stripes in the pursuit of a third Olympic Gold Medal? As Jovan Buha of The Athletic reports, the only team he is suiting up is the Toon Squad.

It’s official, the next time we see James playing basketball will be on the big screen. LeBron will not be part of the American contingency heading to Tokyo to bring the gold back to the United States. James will be too busy playing the Goon Squad as he teams up with Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck in Space Jam: A New Legacy.

With Anthony Davis’s injury being more recent and severe, it was almost a given we wouldn’t see him on the hardwood until the 2021-22 NBA season. That was confirmed by Joe Vardon of The Athletic, who mentioned that Davis is not expected to play for Team USA.

There are two other big names whose NBA team lost in the playoffs, perhaps you’ve heard of them? LeBron James and Anthony Davis are officially on vacation, after the Lakers lost in six games to Phoenix, but neither LeBron nor Davis is expected to play for Team USA due to their terrible seasons of injuries, according to a source close to both players.

Davis already has a gold medal on his resume, so this does not come as a shock. Davis is also part of the Space Jam: A New Legacy cast, so we will actually see him take on his teammate as part of the Goon Squad.

While we would have loved to see LeBron and Davis team up with some of the best players in the world to represent the United States, their health is ultimately more important. The Lakers need these two to come back as close to one hundred percent as possible next season.

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