LeBron James out for Fiba World Cup, says 2020 Olympics ‘possibility’

first_imgColombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Google Philippines names new country director This season snaps an eight-year run of NBA Finals appearances for James, who captured two titles with the Miami Heat and another with the Cleveland Cavaliers, whom he left as a free agent to join the Lakers last July.James will miss the playoffs for the first time since 2005 and plans for extra training time during his long summer break as well as his movie work on a set that will include a basketball court so he can get in some workouts while making the movie.“I’ve had basically the same offseason training regimen the last eight years,” James told the website. “I knew how long I wanted to rest for the season on a short timeline. I’m figuring out now how to get as much as I can out of two months of extra time for training.“It requires a totally different strategy. We’re looking at it in an entirely new way.”The “Space Jam” sequel being made by the SpringHill Entertainment production company owned by James is set for a July 2021 release, 25 years after the original film with NBA legend Michael Jordan and animated allies like Bugs Bunny was released.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Pacers outmuscle Pistons for much-needed win That meant James wasn’t going to be a candidate for the US team of NBA players competing under coach Gregg Popovich in this year’s FIBA World Cup, set to open August 31 in China.“I love everything about Pop, obviously, but this is not a good summer for me,” James said.James averaged 27.4 points, 8.5 rebounds and 8.3 assists for the Lakers this season and passed Jordan for fourth place on the all-time NBA scoring list.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon eventcenter_img LATEST STORIES “That’s a possibility,” James said. “It depends on how I feel. I love the Olympics.”James spent most of the 2004 Athens Olympics on the bench as a US team of NBA stars settled for bronze, then served as the backbone of a revamped program that won Olympic gold in 2008 at Beijing and 2012 in London.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsHe did not play for the American squad that captured a third consecutive title in 2016 at Rio.James is entering the earliest NBA off-season he has known, the Lakers having benched him for the finish of the campaign due to a left groin injury that has nagged him since late December. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting FILE – In this March 1, 2019, file photo, Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James pauses during the closing seconds of the team’s 131-120 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks, in Los Angeles. The Lakers have endured a miserable season, giving James a much longer summer break than he’s used to. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)Four-time NBA Most Valuable Player LeBron James is a “possibility” for the defending champion US team at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games but says he will skip this year’s World Cup in China.The 34-year-old forward for the Los Angeles Lakers told The Athletic website in a story posted Monday that he will begin production on the movie “Space Jam 2” during this off-season and how he feels after next season will determine his chances of playing for gold in Japan next year.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img

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