NBA superstar LeBron James will likely not play for Team USA ever again.
James will not play for USA Basketball during the 2014 world championships in Spain and is doubtful to participate in the 2016 Olympics in Brazil, according to a source of Yahoo! Sports Marc Spears.
USA Basketball executive director Jerry Colangelo also confirmed to Spears that he does not expect James to play next summer and will not even ask him.
“LeBron is going to be three years older during the next Olympics. He will have two older boys. He has a lot to endure with his family,” the source told Y! Sports. “He played in three Olympics. Everyone that knows LeBron knows it’s always based on a decision at that moment. But if the moment was today, the answer would be no.”
James has won two Olympic Gold medals (2008,2012), one Olympic Bronze medal (2004) and a Bronze medal at the FIBA World Championships (2006) over a 10-year NBA career.
“The only way I could see him playing in the Olympics is if his country really, really needed him to play,” the source said. “But hasn’t he done enough?”
James will not be the only veteran to stop playing for Team USA. Kobe Bryant, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and Chris Paul could follow James.
The face of USA Basketball moving forward will be Kevin Durant, who will play for the U.S. next summer. Joining him will be Kevin Love, Russell Westbrook, James Harden, Kyrie Irving and Paul George.