James Harden, Anthony Davis want to play in Tokyo Olympics; LeBron James isn’t sure yet
After a disappointing seventh-place finish for USA Basketball this summer at the World Cup — a tournament where FIBA gave the best players in the world reason to stay home, so they did — the NBA’s best players are lining up to play in the Tokyo Olympics next summer.
Add James Harden and Anthony Davis to the list. Harden said he was in at Rockets media day, via Tim MacMahon of ESPN.
James Harden says “it’s one of my goals to represent this beautiful country” in the Olympics next summer.— Tim MacMahon (@espn_macmahon) September 27, 2019
Davis was asked about it on ESPN’s The Jump.
LeBron James was asked if he wanted to chase a third Olympic gold during Lakers’ media day, but at age 35 he sounded more cautious.
“I don’t know,” LeBron said when asked if he would play with Team USA next summer. “I would love to. I want to stay healthy as well, that’s most important. “I was not happy about how we did this summer. We’re a brotherhood and I know the guys that was there this summer, they played extremely hard and played extremely well together, they just fell a little bit short of what our expectations are...
“We’ll see how I can do throughout this season and I will address that at some point. Hopefully have a conversation with Coach Pop [Gregg Popovich] at some point and see what his direction is, going forward with Team USA. But I will always bleed red, white, and blue, that’s for sure.”
At this point in his career, it would be a surprise if LeBron goes to Tokyo, but if he wants a spot on the roster it will be there waiting for him.