LeBron James has made a decision on the 2016 Summer Olympics. The three-time NBA champion, who recently led Cleveland to its first title in more than 50 years, will not be playing.
The Cavs' forward joins a lengthy list of stars who will be sitting out. Chris Paul, Steph Curry, LaMarcus Aldridge, Kawhi Leonard, Damian Lillard, Russell Westbrook, James Harden and John Wall, among others, are all sitting out for various reasons.
James has played more minutes than any NBA player over the last decade.
"I could use the rest," he says.
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James contacted Krzyzewski Thursday.
A source close to James said a desire to rest his body from the last championship run and prepare for what he hopes is a second one for the Cavs is his sole reason for not playing for Team USA. Items such as the Zika virus, political unrest in Brazil, or the fact that James had already played basketball in Rio -- when the Cavs traveled there in October, 2014 for an exhibition game -- were not factors.
The Rio Olympic Games begin on Aug. 5.