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LeBron James hasn't represented Team USA in a non-Olympic summer since 2007. So USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo never planned on even asking James to play on the team bound for Spain next summer for FIBA's first-ever Basketball World Cup. Yet when it comes to the 2016 Olympics in Rio, Colangelo and Co. remain quietly hopeful that James will decide to play in the Summer Games for the fourth time. ESPN.com

Reason being: James said as recently as May during the playoffs, when news of Krzyzewski's return to the bench for four more years began to spread, that he "would love to represent my country again" as long as the annual playoff grind doesn't take too much out of him. It was by no means a firm commitment from James, who made sure to add that everything rides on whether "I stay healthy" while also noting that 2016 is "a long time from now." But USAB officials are cautiously optimistic that James' stance about 2016 has softened after the post-London signals in circulation about LeBron leaving the international game for good. ESPN.com

Durant arrived at the Mendenhall Center gym on the campus of UNLV Wednesday afternoon wearing skateboard shoes and some funky camouflage socks. But when the practice floor finally cleared, Durant pulled out some of his signature sneaks in neon green to join fellow Team USA 2014 cornerstone Kevin Love and noted trainer Rob McClanaghan for a round of shooting drills on a corner court. "I hope no one looks at (Durant's and Love's visit) as an overshadowing of these guys (in camp)," Krzyzewski said. "I think it brings a bigger spotlight to what they're doing (this week) to be quite frank with you. I think they wanted these young guys to see how good they felt about what's happened for them (with Team USA)." ESPN.com

July 24, 2013 Updates

LeBron James' days of playing for Team USA have likely ended. James, 28, will not play for USA Basketball during the 2013 world championships in Spain and is doubtful to participate in the 2016 Olympics in Brazil, a source close to the Miami Heat forward told Yahoo! Sports on Wednesday. USA Basketball executive director Jerry Colangelo also confirmed to Yahoo! Sports he doesn't expect James to play next summer – and doesn't plan to ask him. James has already won two Olympic gold medals and a bronze in three Olympic appearances that began in 2004. Yahoo! Sports

Back in the summers of 2005 and ’06, when he was an assistant coach with the Rockets, Tom Thibodeau traveled to China with center Yao Ming, using the offseason time to hone the skills of the team’s All-Star big man. Yao’s primary commitment at the time, though, was to the Chinese national team, and so Thibodeau would work with Yao individually around his other commitments. But the experience registered with Thibodeau, now head coach of the Bulls. “I had the opportunity when Yao was playing for the Chinese national team, to watch how he participated and to watch their practices,” he said. “I learned a lot from that.” Sporting News

“I was flattered that I was even considered,” Thibodeau said. “It wasn’t something I expected. Jerry Colangelo and Mike Krzyzewski called and I thought it would be a great opportunity to learn. I am excited to be here. Any time you have the opportunity to be around great coaches and great players, you have to take it. And these are your opponents, I think you learn a lot from them, too. I followed Team USA from afar and was very curious to see what the inner workings are here.” Sporting News

Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant and Minnesota Timberwolves center Kevin Love say Wednesday they will be returning to play for Team USA. The two NBA stars were on hand for the national team's minicamp practice, and made the announcement in an impromptu news conference alongside team managing director Jerry Colangelo and head coach Mike Krzyzewski. Durant said he made the commitment to Krzyzewski late Tuesday night, while Love officially made his announcement during the news conference. ESPN.com

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