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Will LeBron James play at FIBA World Cup 2023?

Team USA is the one with the most medals won in the FIBA World Cup history. There is no doubt that any 12 US NBA players would make a competitive team for the international scene, but there were cases when not picking the best players cost them a lot. LeBron James is coming off an impressive season, becoming the NBA all-time leading scorer and taking the Lakers to the Western Conference Finals. He has been with the national team many times before, and every NBA fan wants to know will LeBron James play at FIBA World Cup.

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Is the King going to Asia this summer?

LeBron James will not play for Team USA at the 2023 FIBA World Cup. Being 38 years old and having a couple of injuries lately, the King was not even considering suiting up for the national team for this event. The Summer Olympics next year seem like a bigger challenge, and James may decide joining the team.

LeBron James FIBA World Cup Resume

LeBron has been a part of the Team USA on five tournaments so far but only once at the FIBA World Cup. He played in 2006, the last time the competition was organized in Japan. Team USA finished third defeating Argentina 96-81 in the match for the bronze medal after losing to Greece 101-95 in the semifinals. James was the 19th scorer in the tournament averaging 14.1 points per game, with Carmelo Anthony and Dwyane Wade being in front of him. He also averaged 4.8 rebounds and 4.1 assists per game, fifth-most at the tournament.

James has won two golds and one bronze medal at the Olympics. In 2004, Team USA lost to Argentina in the semifinals and ended up third. In Beijing in 2008 and in London in 2012, James was one of the key players on the team that won the gold.

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