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James is also present at the wider Olympic nomination for American basketball players

LeBron James may return to the US Olympic basketball team eight years later. The Los Angeles Lakers star, who has already won two Olympic golds, is in a wider nomination for the July Games in Tokyo. NBA manager Jerry Colangelo and coach Greg Popovich have so far listed 44 names in the team, and the final nomination will include 12 names.

Nineteen basketball players from the wider list have already won the gold medal from the Olympic Games or World Cup. But last year at the tournament in China, the Americans had to do without the best players and scored the worst result in history in the form of seventh place.

James first played at the Olympics 16 years ago in Athens, where the United States team finished third. He helped win gold in both Beijing and London, and in 2016 preferred to rest after the NBA title. Prior to his candidacy for membership in Tokyo, he expressed his interest in playing the Olympic Games several times.

There are nine defenders of the Rio title in the broader US nomination, including Kevin Durant, Keri Irving or Paul George. Previous Olympics included James Harden, Russell Westbrook and Dwight Howard. On the other hand, among the players who have yet to win the Olympic gold medal is star midfielder Stephen Curry of the Golden State.

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