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Jerry Colangelo: I think LeBron James wants to be part of Team USA

LeBron Olympics Basketball

FILE - In this Aug. 12, 2012, file photo, United States’ LeBron James (6) dunks against Spain during the men’s gold medal basketball game at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. James said Monday, Sept. 29, 2014, following the Cavaliers’ practice that he’s “nowhere near” deciding if he’ll again play for Team USA in two years for the 2016 Olympics. (AP Photo/Christian Petersen, Pool, File)


LeBron James said he wanted to play in the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Then, he reportedly leaned toward skipping them.

Next, he hoped to compete.

The last two checks have revealed indecision and indecision.

But USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo believes he has a read on LeBron’s plan.

Colangelo on SiriusXM (hat tip: James Herbert of

I think LeBron wants to be part of it.

The United States qualified for the 2016 Olympics by winning last year’s World Cup. So, the Americans don’t need LeBron for a qualifying tournament sooner.

But Colangelo has valued commitment to the program. If LeBron wants a roster spot, he’ll surely get one. Sometime, maybe soon though, he’ll have to affirm his desire to play.