Should Cavs Big Three Play for Team USA Next Summer?
3. Lebron James
LeBron James is not only an NBA Champion but he is also a two-time Olympic gold medalist being an integral part of the 2008 and 2012 teams. Additionally, he has appeared in five straight NBA Finals and he will be 31 years old when the summer competition kicks off next year. To say that he has had a lot of basketball mileage would be an understatement.
The Cavaliers’ finish next season will weigh heavy on his decision to suit up for Team USA again but his age and basketball output should play a vital role as well. James has been fortunate when it comes to injuries, but his age may start to creep up on his performance and stamina.
Early last season, the future Hall of Famer had to pump the breaks for two weeks as his body clearly needed a rest. The break rejuvenated him and he came back to playing typical LeBron James basketball. During the season, rest is difficult to come by for LeBron so it is imperative for him to take advantage of the summer break. He’s still human by all accounts.
Being a part of USA Basketball is clearly an honor and privilege, but we should all be hopeful that the Cavalier trio of stars skip out the 2016 Olympics as earning the gold for Cleveland should be priority number one.