Los Angeles Lakers stars LeBron James and Anthony Davis (Getty)</p><div><p dir="RTL" style="text-align:right; margin-bottom:11px">Los Angeles Lakers superstars LeBron James and Anthony Davis will boycott <a target="_blank" href="https://www.alaraby.co.uk/%D8%A7%D9%84%D9%85%D9%86%D8%AA%D8%AE%D8%A8%20%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%A7%D9%85%D9%8A%D8%B1%D9%83%D9%8A" rel="noopener">US national team</a> The basketball participating in the 2020 Olympic Games, postponed from last year due to the Corona virus, and which is scheduled to be held in Tokyo this summer, according to what was announced by local media.
The Phoenix Suns had stripped the Lakers of their professional league title by defeating them in the first round of the playoffs, allowing the duo to get a rest period after a season that witnessed many injuries.
The Athletic website confirmed that the two stars will not join the US national team to defend their colors in Tokyo, linking the news to sources close to the two players.
James, 36, was absent from action for a month after a right ankle sprain, before recovering in time to play the playoffs without showing his usual level. LeBron had previously joked when asked about the possibility of joining the US national team: “No, I think I’ll play for Tion Squad instead of the Olympics,” referring to his participation in the movie “Spice Jam”, which combines the truth and famous personalities in The world of animation, which is supposed to be shown on American screens a week before the start of the Olympics on July 23, which will last until August 8.
LeBron had previously crowned the Olympic yellow metal twice in Beijing in 2008 and London in 2012, before he missed the Rio de Janeiro games in 2016 after winning his third NBA title with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
For his part, Davis initially suffered from inflammation of the right Achilles tendon, which negatively affected his calf, so he missed a period of two months before returning, like his colleague, to play against the Phoenix Suns.
But during the fourth game of the series, he fell into the curse of injuries again after he was injured in the thigh, to miss and return in the sixth game for just a few minutes after he felt pain, to have to leave the field and leave his companions to their fate with the loss that eliminated the Lakers.
Like the “King”, Davis won the London Olympics gold in 2012, before he missed the 2016 games in Brazil after undergoing surgery on the left shoulder.
Last March, the local federation of the game announced a preliminary list of 57 players to occupy 12 positions, where Stephen Curry and Damian Lillard could be called up after the end of their league career with their teams Golden State, Warriors and Portland, respectively, according to what the website “The Athletic”.