Wednesday , Jun , 27 , 2007 Oly Sandor

LeBron James’ Decision To Play For USA Basketball Impressive

The King is in … LeBron James will honor his commitment and play for USA Basketball in the upcoming America’s Tournament … By suiting up for the stars-and-stripes, King James is showing us he’s a different type of superstar … Click here for news and analysis …

The Associated Press reports LeBron James will play for USA Basketball in this summer’s America’s Tournament:

LeBron James will wear the red, white and blue this summer after all.

Cleveland’s All-Star forward ended uncertainty about his status with the U.S. national team on Tuesday night by saying he will play in next month’s FIBA America’s Tournament, where the Americans will try to qualify for the 2008 Olympics.

"I’m going to play," James told The Associated Press. "I’ve had enough time off, and knowing my body more than anybody, I’m ready to play. I don’t know how much I’m going to play or how extensively, but I’ll be ready."

For several months, James had said he was "50-50" about playing for Team this summer. He and his girlfriend recently had their second son, and with the Cavaliers making it to the NBA finals, James may have wanted some extra time off after playing more than 100 games since last October.

However, the 22-year-old, who played on the U.S. Olympic team at the 2004 Athens Games and for the U.S. squad that won a bronze medal at last summer’s world championships, intends to honor his three-year commitment with USA Basketball.

My Quick Take: This proves that has the attitude of a champion. Right now, after the NBA Finals, he’s the biggest basketball star in the world.

James could have used his star power to skip the qualifying tournament, citing fatigue and a desire to spend time with his new child.

It would have been easy. And there’s precedence. How many NBA stars have bailed on USA Basketball in the past?

But King James’ decision to play proves he’s wired differently. He’s a team-first mega-star. Something that’s quite rare in today’s NBA.

I loved the way he encouraged teammates and accepted accountability during the playoffs. One day, because of his approach and attitude, James will win an NBA Title.

I think , a four-time NBA champion, put it best when telling James: “one day you’ll own this league.”

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