LeBron James had his 2012 get that much sweeter when he and Team USA captured the gold medal on Sunday.
It's LeBron's second Olympic gold medal, and for him that might be good enough. LeBron is already hinting that he might not be willing to chase after Olympic gold for a third-straight time four years from now in Rio de Janeiro.
"It’s been a great run honestly. I don’t know if I’m going to be part of the 2016 team," he said, per USA Today's Jeff Zillgitt.
The London Games have already been LeBron's third Olympics. A lot of people might not realize he was part of that disastrous 2004 squad in Athens we're all trying to forget about.
A third Olympic gold medal is unprecedented in men's basketball and begins to infringe on Lisa Leslie's record of four. If LeBron sits out, Deron Williams, Chris Paul and Carmelo Anthony can always get there, should they return.
LeBron will be 31 when the cauldron is lit in Rio. Not too old. But not so young where running court for an extra month in the offseason isn't entirely taxing. It's possible he could still commit and have a scaled back role, much like the 33-year-old Kobe Bryant did this year.
He might be undecided now, but we'll see what LeBron thinks four years from now when the opportunity of once again having Olympic glory comes knocking on his door.
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