LeBron James admits he’s tired.
The NBA’s compressed season after the lockout followed by the Miami Heat’s playoff run to the championship have worn on him, and he barely had a week off before reporting to Team USA’s Olympic training camp for the 2012 London Olympics.
But rest? LeBron James isn’t thinking about getting rest. He’s focused only on getting his second gold medal in London.
“Tomorrow is not promised, man, and this opportunity right here is not guaranteed each and every year,” LeBron said. “I got to live in the moment. I can’t say, ‘If I’m going to play now, what will happen to me next year?’ I’m not worried about that right now.”
This is LeBron’s third Olympics. He helped Team USA win the gold in 2008 in Beijing. His Heat teammates Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh withdrew from Team USA after the NBA Finals, citing injuries. After winning his third MVP award and carrying the Heat through much of the playoffs, James could have been forgiven for also declining to play in London.
USA Basketball executive director Jerry Colangelo said he never got a call from James’ representatives saying he might withdraw. And Colangelo never worried he would. “I love the game. I love basketball,” James said. “I made a commitment to be a part of this team and I’m fulfilling that.”
James averaged 37.5 minutes during the regular season, last season, the fewest of his career. He was much busier during the playoffs, averaging 42.7 minutes a game. He will be tested during the Olympics, and will likely play at least three positions, including center.
James isn’t worried about the physical toll he’ll take during the Olympics. Team USA’s roster is deep enough to keep his minutes down. Coach Mike Krzyzewski also said he is keeping James’ practice load light.
“I’m tired,” James said. “I would love to get more rest, and I’ve said that throughout the playoffs. I said that throughout the regular season. There is not enough rest out there to even get. But I’m happy to be here though.”
Which team will win the 2012-13 NBA Season? Bodog sportsbook has the odds.
Miami Heat 2.50
Oklahoma City Thunder 19.00
Boston Celtics 3.75
San Antonio Spurs 2.75Comments