NBA star LeBron James will not participate in the Olympic Games in Tokyo. The 36-year-old Los Angeles Lakers star plans to focus in the coming months on promoting the movie “Space Jam: A New Legacy,” in which he stars.
After the Los Angeles Lakers were eliminated in the first round of the NBA playoffs against the Phoenix Suns, the basketball player said that playing the games is out of the question. “I think this summer I’ll play for the Tune Squad (his basketball team in the movie, editor) instead of the Olympics,” she said at a press conference. “That’s where I focus, on trying to beat the Monstars.” “I haven’t had much success against The Suns, so I’ll rest my ankle for a month and then I’ll get ready with Lola, Taz, Grandma, Bugs and the rest of the team. So hopefully I’ll see you in that game.” According to James, who is referring to the Looney Tunes characters who have a role in the movie. The early defeat in the first qualifiers was heartbreaking for LeBron James.
But a long rest will benefit the basketball player in his own words. “Out of season I have a chance to rest, I need about three months to get my ankle back to 100 percent,” it seems. “For the rest I felt very good during the season.” LeBron James played in three previous editions of the Olympic Games. In his debut in Athens (2004), the American team went no further than bronze, in Beijing (2008) and London (2012) he took the gold. (Belgium / Belgium)