LeBron pulls out of US Olympic team

LeBron James has told USA Basketball that he will not be participating in the Rio Olympics.

The 31-year-old Cleveland star’s agent Rich Paul told the managing director of the USA’s basketball program Jerry Colangelo about the decision on Thursday.

James cited fatigue as being behind his decision, which came just days after helping the Cleveland Cavaliers to their first NBA title.

“I could use the rest,” James told Cleveland.com

James has played in the last three Olympics helping Team USA to two gold medals (2012 and 2008) and a bronze (2004), but said the fact that he had rarely missed a game over the last six seasons and played in the finals each year means it is now time for a break.

James becomes the latest in a string of big names to opt out of representing the US at the Olympics, joining Steph Curry, Chris Paul and Russell Westbrook.
The threat of the Zika virus is not thought to have played a part in James’ decision.