LeBron James Pretending He May Skip The Olympics Because Kobe Bryant Is Not Playing Is Such A LeBron Move
Uproxx- “The last time I thought about Team USA was Kobe taking his name out of the pool,” he told the Associated Press last month. “That’s the last thing I kind of really thought about, so I’m not any inch closer to playing or not any inch closer to not playing. I haven’t really thought about it much.”
A couple weeks later, though, it seems James might have done a lot more thinking about the 2016 Games – and it’s of the shocking variety. According to Kevin Ding of Bleacher Report, the two-time Gold Medalist might not play for the United States later this year because Bryant has worn his last red, white, and blue jersey.
That’s why Bryant not pursuing a spot on the U.S. Olympic basketball team this summer is a very real reason James might also not join the team, according to NBA sources.
James is that disappointed the Rio Olympics will not serve as the final, ultimate celebration of Bryant’s career—and more so that James won’t have the priceless honor of being Bryant’s co-star teammate when it ends.
If there is one thing we know about LeBron James it's that the only thing he likes more than playing basketball is being recruited to play basketball. That's all this is. In an upcoming offseason that stands next to no chance of featuring a bidding war for LeBron James, LeBron James wants to feel wanted. It's actually pretty genius in theory. Why have certain localities beg for your services when you can get the entire country beg for your services? Not only that but he gets to do so while looking like a good guy for nearly paying Kobe the highest of respects. Unfortunately, we have reached a point in LeBron's career where everything he says is so obviously see through and his motives are so clearly ulterior, that this "gesture" falls on deaf ears.
I don't even want to sound like a LeBron truther, but why else would he attempt to convince people that Kobe Bryant's impending retirement is going to stop him from participating in an event that he has always taken so much pride in? I thought they were competitors that respected each other, not 11 year old BFF's that performed a spit-shake and promised to never play internationally without the other present. Can you imagine Kobe making any decision whatsoever based on LeBron's career? Kobe would run LeBron over with a truck if he was playing in the Eastern Conference and it meant he had a better chance of getting to the NBA Finals. So excuse me if I am not going to get on bended knee and praise LeBron for drumming up fraudulent uncertainty for the sake of his -apparently always under inflated- ego. He has never done anything without his own best interests in mind, why the hell would he start now - when one of the few active players that are more accomplished than him is walking away from the game?