LeBron James has played in the 2004, 2008 and 2012 Olympics, but sat out the 2016 games. James is on the preliminary roster for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo and will presumably be allowed to make his decision whenever he wants.
“My name is in the hat and it’s always predicated on: one; my body, how my body is feeling at the end of the season — I hope to make a long playoff run,” James said. “And then where my mind is and then where my family’s head is. So, it’s a lot of factors but my name is in the hat.”
Anthony Davis played in the 2012 Olympics as an incoming NBA rookie, but also sat out the 2016 Olympics. Davis is not sure if he will play in 2020.
“I don’t know; I’m getting old,” Davis said with a laugh. “I don’t know.”
Davis believes his experience in 2012 was formative.
“Being around those guys taught me a lot, showed me a lot, and I think I wouldn’t be the player I am today if it wasn’t for those guys,” Davis said. “Kob’ [Bryant], LeBron, ‘Melo [Anthony], Tyson [Chandler], [Chris Paul], Russ [Westbrook], James [Harden], it was all my guys. I was their guy, their rookie. And it just helped me become a professional early in my career, showing me how to work, how to work hard, and I kind of carried that through my career.”