LeBron Is Included In The US Preliminary List For Tokyo

LeBron James is considering returning to the Olympic Games. James, who has won two gold medals in three participations in the Olympic Games, is among the 44 players announced Monday by USA Basketball as finalists for the squad that will represent the United States in Tokyo around mid year. James participated in 2004, 2008 and 2012, helping Americans conquer the golden medal in their two most recent appearances. There will be no testing stage. USA Basketball will reduce the list to form an Olympic team of 12 people in early June. The decision of who cuts the cut rests with a selection committee that will be based in part on the skills and conditions of the players. The list of summoned includes 19 players who have hung a total of 31 gold medals either in Games Olympians or the World Cup – including nine elements that gave the United States the Olympic title in Rio de Janeiro four years ago. “I’ve always said that equity is important,” said USA Basketball executive director Jerry Colangelo, a The Associated Press “And you achieve that equity by participating. For them, we believe that they have earned the right to be included in the general squad for USA Basketball. It is very elite. It is a tremendous set and the good news is that they have all expressed their desire to participate. ”James has held 68 games with the national team and over the past year has said several times that he is thinking of going to the Olympic Games once again _ After not participating in Rio 2016 for several reasons. Part of his interest in attending this year is having the opportunity to play for coach Gregg Popovich of the San Antonio Spurs. “It’s a possibility,” James said in December. The training camp will begin in early July, and potentially just two weeks after the end of the NBA finals. The Olympic Games begin on July 24. The extensive list includes 15 of the 16 American basketball players who plan to participate in the NBA All-Star Game on Sunday, and the 12 members of the team that represented the United States in the Copa del Copa. Last year’s world in China – in which the Americans were in seventh place after about three dozen players who made up the list were discarded at different times.The nine players of the 2016 Olympic team that repeat in the call are : Harrison Barnes of Sacramento; Jimmy Butler of Miami; DeMar DeRozan of San Antonio; Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving of Brooklyn; Paul George of the Los Angeles Clippers; Draymond Green and Klay Thompson of Golden State; and Kyle Lowry, of Toronto. The team that was crowned at the 2012 Olympics, who remain on the preliminary list are: James and Anthony Davis, Los Angeles Lakers; Durant; James Harden and Russell Westbrook of Houston; Kevin Love of Cleveland; and Chris Paul of Oklahoma City. There is only one player of the national team that won the gold in 2008: Dwight Howard, of Lakers. And of those who have gold medals from the World Cup or the world championship with USA Basketball, but so far without Olympic gold, it they find in the list Stephen Curry, of Golden State; Andre Drummond of Cleveland; and Mason Plumlee, of Denver. The other 25 players who appear on the US preliminary list for Tokyo but have not yet hung gold in any international competition are: Bam Adebayo, from Miami; LaMarcus Aldridge and Derrick White, of San Antonio; Bradley Beal of Washington; Devin Booker of Phoenix; Malcolm Brogdon, Victor Oladipo and Myles Turner of Indiana; Jaylen Brown, Gordon Hayward, Marcus Smart, Jayson Tatum and Kemba Walker of Boston; Mike Conley and Donovan Mitchell of Utah; Montrezl Harrell and Kawhi Leonard of the Clippers; Joe Harris of Brooklyn; Tobias Harris of Philadelphia; Brandon Ingram, of New Orleans; Kyle Kuzma and JaVale McGee of Lakers; Damian Lillard of Portland; and Brook Lopez and Khris Middleton of Milwaukee.