LeBron James' Team USA Career Will Soon Be Over: Source

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Thursday, 25 Jul 2013 03:39 PM

By Ken Mandel

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LeBron James may be done with Team USA; the Miami Heat star likely won't compete in the 2014 World Championships in Spain or at the 2016 Brazil Olympics, a source close to James told Yahoo! Sports.

"LeBron is going to be three years older during the next Olympics," the source said. "He will have two older boys. He has a lot to endure with his family. He played in three Olympics. Everyone that knows LeBron knows it's always based on a decision at that moment. But if the moment was today, the answer would be no."

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USA Basketball Executive Director Jerry Colangelo hinted that James would be falling off the map when he told reporters Wednesday that Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant is "kind of the face of USA Basketball going forward."

Durant and Kevin Love announced they will play for the U.S. next summer, and Colangelo said he expects another "two or four" players from the London Olympic team to participate.

James played in 99 NBA games last season in addition to the 2012 London Olympics. James has a solid international reputation, taking trips to China and the Philippines for commercial shoots.

In his family life, James is getting married soon. The two have two sons together, Bryce and LeBron Jr.

"The only way I could see him playing in the Olympics is if his country really, really needed him to play," the source told Yahoo! "But hasn't he done enough?"

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