The two stars of the Lakers, LeBron James and Anthony Davis, will not defend the American colors at the Olympic basketball tournament in Tokyo this summer, several American media reported on Monday.
Prematurely eliminated in the 1st round of the play-offs, after the series lost against Phoenix, the duo are on vacation after a trying season, during which each one suffered from injuries, and the two players will not play with Team USA this summer, affirms the “The Athletic” website, citing sources close to the players.
Aged 36, James suffered a serious sprained right ankle which kept him away from the prosecution for a month. He had been restored in time for the play-offs, which he played without being at 100% of his athletic ability.
Davis first suffered from a large inflammation of the right Achilles tendon which radiated to his calf. Absent for two months, he was also able to make his comeback against Phoenix. But during match N.4, he injured his groin. Returned for the N.6 match, he only lasted a few minutes in the face of the pain that woke up, giving up on continuing the match, lost and synonymous with elimination for the Lakers.
Gold medalist in Beijing in 2008 and London in 2012 James had not played in the Rio Games in 2016, after his third NBA coronation with Cleveland. Davis, who was also Olympic champion in 2012, had also given up in 2016, because he had had surgery on his left shoulder.
In March, the American Basketball Federation had drawn up a list of 57 selectable for twelve places. Stephen Curry and Damian Lillard, whose season is also over with Golden State and Portland, could be among the conscripts, according to The Athletic.