It has been confirmed that Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James will be attending USA Basketball’s mini-camp in Las Vegas next week but only for a day.
Team USA’s minicamp is a preparatory training camp for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janiero and attendance is usually mandatory on all three days (August 11 to August 13, 2015) if the players wish to participate in the 2016 Olympics. James however, is being allowed an exception as the camp coincides with the ‘LeBron James Family Foundation annual family reunion event’ on August 13 which was scheduled way before the camp dates were finalized.
Currently rumours are swirling around whether James will participate in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio as the part of Team USA. Though there is still a long way to go till the final decision (he might wait till the end of the 2015-16 season), James has been a part of the USA Basketball team from the age of 19 and has won two Olympic gold medals in the 2008 Beijing Olympics and 2012 London Olympics. Apart from these he has also participated in the 2004 Summer Olympics and the 2006 FIBA World Cup.
The camp is expected to host around 30 NBA and rounds of meetings, shootarounds, and a non-contact game (August 13); the events will be presided over by Jerry Colangelo, the executive director of the USA Team who issued a statement saying “It’s just a loose thing I’m doing because we don’t have anything to prepare for this summer. The purpose of having this minicamp is to celebrate the last 10 years of Team USA basketball and begin to find out who’s committed for next summer.” Apart from James, the other players expected to attend the camp are:
- Dwight Howard (Houston Rockets center)
- James Harden (Houston Rockets guard)
- Blake Griffin (Los Angeles Clippers forward)
- Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder forward)
- Kevin Love (Cleveland Cavaliers forward)
- Kyrie Irving (Cleveland Cavaliers)