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LeBron James reveals family and health will decide if he goes to the Olympics next year

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LeBron James has said his health and his family will ultimately decide whether or not he goes to the Olympics next summer in Brazil.

James joined up with Team USA and took part in their minicamp, obliging to chairman Jerry Colangelo demand that any player that want's to be part of the team for the 2016 Olympics must be in Las Vegas this week.

However, even if he is selected, it's not a definite that James will be making the trip to Brazil next year. He said he's 'not penciling it in, as of now, for next summer' and that his decision probably won't come until after next season.

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He said according to NBA.com: "All my decisions go through my family. We'll see how my family feels about it. And then with my health, going another NBA campaign season, as far as my team back home in Cleveland, and I'll go from there."

"I'm not penciling it in, as of now, for next summer. But this is the start of the process for all of us," James said. "There's 34 guys here. When you're a part of Team USA, you represent your country, this is all a part of the process.

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"I've given everything to the NBA. I've given it all to USAB as well. If I'm fortunate enough, if I'm healthy enough and my family is willing to allow me be a part of it, it'd be great. ... We'll see where I'm at after the season."

If James does join up with the squad, he could join up with Carmelo Anthony and Chris Paul as the only three-time gold medalists, and the Cleveland Cavaliers star and Anthony could become the first American men to appear at four Olympics.

James and Anthony won the bronze medal at the 2004 Olympics in Athens, and then won back-to-back gold medals in the 2008 and 2012 Olympics in Beijing and London respectively.

"It'll probably be a joint decision," James said. "Pretty much everything that we do, for the most part, especially with Team USA, we kind of do together. We'll see what happens."

James is now at the age of 30 and continuous trips to the NBA finals is a good thing for his team, but not for his body if he wishes to compete for Team USA at the Olympics. He may feel rest and health to provide for his family is more important than another gold medal.

What do you think? Should LeBron James compete at the Olympics next year? Leave a comment below...

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