NBA: The day LeBron James almost dropped everything
Published on October 13, 2022 at 12:35 p.m.
LeBron James has won absolutely everything in the NBA and has two Olympic titles to his name with Team USA, winning in 2008 and 2012. However, after an early failure at the Athens Olympics, King James admitted he didn’t want to never play again for the American selection.
LeBron James is approaching 20 years of a successful career. This is evidenced by his personal bests and his four NBA championship titles. Olympic champion with the TeamUSA during the Olympic Games in Beijing in 2008 then in 2012 in London, the one who is nicknamed King James could never have been crowned on the Olympic stage if he had listened to his instincts.
“At that time, I did not want to play for Team USA again”
To put things in context, LeBron James was called in disaster in the summer of 2004, at the end of his first NBA season for the Athens Olympics. Due to the geopolitical situation in which the United States had become entangled, many American basketball stars refused to honor the TeamUSA for the Olympics in Greece. King James and many others were called to the rescue, and failed in the semi-final against the host country. A defeat that went so badly that LeBron James was on the verge of dropping everything as he revealed in the documentary Netflix: The Redeem Team which he co-produced with Dwyane Wade and maverick Carter. “We had little time. We had to find a way to become a team in just two weeks. I was young, but I still understood the importance of chemistry to win. I stand on the podium, with my bronze medal and I say to myself: This shit is a waste of time. At that time, I did not want to play for Team USA again.
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Gold at the Beijing Olympics, « one of my greatest rewards » in LeBron James’ career
Finally, with the appointment of « Coach K », namely Mike Kryzewski, James james re-enlisted with the TeamUSA and experienced further disappointment at the 2006 World Cup in Japan in the semi-finals before taking revenge and shining in Beijing at the 2008 Olympic Games against the talented Spanish team. What make him live one of the most beautiful moments of his sporting career in his own words. “After all that we have been through, all these years that we had lost, being able to stand on this podium, with the gold around my neck, remains one of my greatest rewards of my career. I think it also redefined the culture. American Basketball Culture”.