But he had to go around and ruin it with a potential PR disaster. With Wade likely out of this summer's USA Basketball stuff, apparently James is now less than enthusiastic. Or at least having some serious second thoughts. From the Akron Beacon-Journal:
With Dwyane Wade very likely out of this summer's FIBA Americas Tournament in Las Vegas with a shoulder injury, James said playing for Team USA is "less appealing."As is par for LeBron, it's hard to tell exactly what is he thinking. Is he worried about injury and fatigue, or just less motivated without Wade there to spur him on? Is it the teamwork or competition with Wade that he'll miss.
Wade's injury "kind of makes you sit back and think about the situation," James said. "I don't know what the setup is going to be. It being in Vegas is most persuasive; that is a good reason why I would play. But at the same time, you have to think about getting a little rest."
More importantly, though: the Americas part of the FIBA tournament is in Vegas? Vegas? Either Colangelo does have a sense of humor, or this is another one of his moral crusades. You know, USA Basketball can not embarrass itself in a city that ASW nearly destroyed. If you can't win games, you might as well make points about good behavior. Which, after all, is the key to worldwide expansion.