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Report: LeBron James might actually practice at Team USA minicamp

US forward LeBron James and US forward K

US forward LeBron James and US forward Kevin Durant (R) celebrate during the London 2012 Olympic Games men’s gold medal basketball game between USA and Spain at the North Greenwich Arena in London on August 12, 2012. AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/GettyImages)

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LeBron James planned to make a brief appearance at USA Basketball’s minicamp this week and then leave early.

As of yesterday, that hadn’t happened. But USA Basketball counted on him to attending, and there’s no good reason to change that expectation.

In fact, LeBron might be even more involved than it seemed.

Chris Haynes of Cleveland.com:

Cleveland Cavaliers’ forward LeBron James is reconsidering his initial plan of sitting out Team USA’s minicamp in Las Vegas this week, league sources informed Northeast Ohio Media Group.

According to sources, James may partake in parts of Wednesday’s morning non-contact session


LeBron watching practice would be ceremonial. He just needed to appear in Las Vegas to meet USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo’s attendance requirement.

Participating in the practice would be ceremonial, too. Neither LeBron nor Team USA needs him on the court today to prepare for Rio.

But this is part of the reason Colangelo has so much faith in LeBron. The Cavaliers star has repeatedly shown his commitment to the American program, and getting on the court – even if just to work up a light sweat – only affirms that pledge.