The offseason has continued to roll around, which has pushed forward the upcoming training camp for USA basketball’s minicamp in preparations for the qualifying games for the 2019 World Cup.
When the training camp takes place later this month from July 25-27 at UNLV’s Mendenhall Center, Los Angeles Lakers All-Star forward LeBron James will not be present, according to Dave McMenamin of ESPN.
LeBron James will not participate in USA Basketball’s minicamp in Las Vegas next week, multiple sources familiar with James’ plans told ESPN.
The 33-year-old is one of the 35 players available for the USA Basketball men national team, which will be narrowed down to the 12-man roster for the 2019 World Cup that will take place in China and 2020 Olympics that will be held in Tokyo. The team is expected to be coached by San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich for the first time taking over for Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski.
James has previously played for Team USA in three Olympics that began in 2004 where he helped them win the bronze medal in Athens. This was followed up with helping them win consecutive gold medals in Beijing in 2008 and London in 2012. It should come as no surprise given that James is heading into his 16th season in the league and has plenty of international basketball experience. There is no need for him to be in attendance if he’s committed to play in the World Cup next year.
Although the four-time league MVP made his first public appearance the Lakers’ Summer League game on Sunday afternoon, he is anticipated to make his first public comments about why he chose to go to Los Angeles on July when goes to the grand opening of the I PROMISE School that will be located Akron, Ohio that was made possible by the help of the LeBron James Family Foundation.
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