Lebron James to Move on From USA Olympic Basketball Team, Kevin Durant Needs to Step Up as Team Leader, Who will Make 2016 U.S. Basketball Team?
Lebron James has been in the business of winning the last few years. He topped off 2012 with a NBA MVP Trophy, NBA Finals MVP trophy and a Gold medal in the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London.
2012 was James third Olympic run. He was apart of the disappointing Team in 2004 that won the bronze, including the young faces of Carmelo Anthony and Dwyane Wade as well. But 2008 and 2012 the U.S. Basketball team took care of business and won two consecutive Gold medals.
With the Miami Heat playing in 3 straight finals appearances and hoping that streak continues, he is most likely done wearing the USA jersey. As he gets over that 10 year mark in the NBA, he will need more rest in the summer time, when he can get it.
He will not play in the World Championships next summer and it will be his decision to play in 2016, but will most likely decide not to.
It will be weird to have a U.S. basketball team without Lebron James on it and most likely without Wade and possibly Carmelo Anthony. Let alone no Kobe Bryant as well.
It is time for Kevin Durant, Chris Paul and the new generation coming up to take the torch for the World Championships next summer in 2014 and the next Summer Olympics in 2016.
A lot can change in the basketball landscape in a few years and while it is hard to think of those guys not being a part of the team, it will be exciting to see what young guys are just coming into the league that will end up making a huge impact on the U.S. Team by 2016.
The U.S. Men's team has been doing a mini-camp to try out players to see who will make the cut.
Paul George of the Indiana Pacers on offense and Anthony Davis of the New Orleans Pelicans on defense are two young stars who could be huge impact players in 2016.
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Who do you think will be the top impact players on the 2016 U.S. Olympic Men's Basketball Team?