LeBron James makes a big statement about his international future

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After a tasking season for the Cleveland Cavaliers that saw LeBron James and his teammates stage the ultimate comeback and topple the Golden State Warriors after trailing 3-1 in the finals, the self-professed 'king' needed a break.

He opted to turn down the chance to represent the United States of America in Rio de Janeiro in what would have been his fourth Olympic games, and many believed that was the end of his international career.

However, in a recent interview with ESPN, James hinted that he could potentially make a return to action for the Stars and Stripes.

He said: "Every time I watch 'em, I wish I was out there. I did not retire from Team USA. I just did not play this summer. So I still left the door open."

The three-time finals MVP was part of the 2004 squad that failed to win gold, losing the Argentina in the semifinals - having already been beaten twice in the group stage - before winning the bronze medal game.

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The now-31-year-old was a key figure in the 2008 'Redeem Team' before leading the nation to more glory at the London 2012 games.

If he was to make a return, he would be 35 by the time Tokyo 2020 comes around. LeBron is a physical specimen and there is no doubting he would be fit enough to represent his nation once again, but rest and recuperation between seasons will only get more important as his age advances.

However, it would be good to see James pull on the USA jersey for one last competition.

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