LeBron James will not participate in his fourth Olympics, opting instead to rest this summer after winning the NBA championship with his Cleveland Cavaliers, according to Cleveland.com.
James’ agent, Rich Paul, told USA Basketball director Jerry Colangelo of his client’s decision Thursday, according to the report. It comes the same day as numerous reports on other players are being revealed.
“I could use the rest,” James said.
This month marked the sixth straight season James’ team advanced to the NBA Finals. He’s played 128 playoff games over the past six years, the equivalent of another one and a half seasons. James is 31 years old.
He was a late addition to the 2004 U.S. Olympic team after finishing his rookie year at 19 years old. The Americans won bronze that year, followed by gold medals in 2008 and 2012. He could have become one of the first players to win three Olympic men’s basketball gold medals, but without James, only Carmelo Anthony now has that chance.
James is the all-time leading scorer for the U.S. Olympic men’s team, with 273 points scored in 24 games (11.4 per game). He’s tied with David Robinson for the most games played. James also leads in field goals made (113) and assists (88), and is second in rebounds (95).
The 2016 U.S. Olympic men’s basketball roster will be officially announced no later than Monday. Colangelo is still waiting on a decision from James’ Cavaliers teammate, Kyrie Irving, who was the 2014 FIBA World Cup MVP.
Previously, James Harden, Russell Westbrook, LaMarcus Aldridge, Stephen Curry, Chris Paul, John Wall, Anthony Davis and Blake Griffin withdrew for various reasons.