LeBron James Ending Career With Team USA?

LeBron James Ending Career With Team USATwo Olympic gold medals and a bronze are likely going to be enough for LeBron James, who is reportedly finished with Team USA and his international basketball career.

‘Doubtful to participate’

The news comes from Yahoo! Sports’ Marc J. Spears:

James, 28, will not play for USA Basketball during the 2013 world championships in Spain and is doubtful to participate in the 2016 Olympicsin Brazil, a source close to the Miami Heat forward told Yahoo! Sports on Wednesday. USA Basketball executive director Jerry Colangelo also confirmed to Yahoo! Sports he doesn’t expect James to play next summer—and doesn’t plan to ask him.

James has already accomplished plenty with Team USA, winning two Olympic gold medals (2008, 2012), one Olympic bronze (2004), and a bronze medal at the FIBA World Championships (2006).

‘Relax and recuperate’

Not only that, but he’s going to be 29 years old by next summer’s FIBA Basketball World Cup in Spain and 31 before the Rio Olympics in 2016. That doesn’t exactly make LeBron ancient, but when you consider the mileage he has already put on his body, it’s not surprising that he wants a little more free time during the NBA offseason.

As Spears notes, James’ most recent summer included trips across the world, commercial shoots, prep basketball camps and wedding planning. LeBron is a busy man, and as he gets older, he will need some time to relax and recuperate.

Do you think LeBron James would be willing to come back after a couple of years if Team USA requested him to? Will his presence or absence make a lot of difference?

Source: Tim Keeney | Bleacher Report

Image: NY Daily News

Dwight Howard Hints At Retribution Against David Lee For Elbowing His Mouth

Dwight Howard Hints At Retribution Against David Lee For Elbowing His MouthDuring the second quarter of the Los Angeles Lakers’ loss to the Golden State Warriors, Klay Thompson dropped the ball off for David Lee, who went up for a shot at the rim, elbowing Dwight Howard hard in the face. Referees called a foul on Howard, who was in the restricted area. Per Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports, he ended up needing stitches to close the wound.

‘I’ll remember that shot’

After the game, Howard indicated that he would seek payback against Lee for the elbow:

“He got away with a shot. I’ll remember this. I’ll remember this game. I’ll remember that shot… He said he wasn’t trying to do it. You can look at the play and see it for yourself… I’ll take care of it later.”

Lee went up against Howard at an angle, elbows up and with the front of his body turned completely to the right. With the way he approached the basket, it’s no surprise his elbow connected with Howard’s mouth. But was it intentional? That’s hard to say.

‘Premeditated cheap shot’

If I’m the one getting clocked in the jaw, it could certainly be construed as a premeditated cheap shot. From an outside perspective, though, one can also make the case that Lee was simply shielding the ball from one of the best shot-blockers in the league. Either way, Howard doesn’t seem to care. All 265 pounds of him seems hell-bent on getting revenge. I shudder to think what he would have done to Lee in the second half if he didn’t already have one technical.

Glass half full, at least this shows Howard can taper his emotions when needed. He opted against retribution in favor of remaining in the game to help the Lakers.

Do you think David Lee intentionally elbowed Dwight Howard’s mouth or not? What kind of retribution would be waiting for Lee? Team Lee or Team Howard?

Source: Dan Favale, Bleacher Report

Image: Yahoo Sports