Posted on: January 15, 2010 2:46 pm
By Brian Windhorst, The Plain Dealer : The pressure on LeBron James to compete in the Slam Dunk Contest over All-Star Weekend next month is increasing. But the Cavaliers star doesn't seem to be moving from his spot on the fence.
"I'm still 50/50," James said before the Cavs played the Utah Jazz on Thursday night.
When James first had the idea he said he hoped friends like Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade and former dunk champ Dwight Howard would take part.
But all of them have backed out, Howard being the last to do so this week.
James has not ruled it out and seems to believe he's got plenty of time to make up his mind. But it also continues to seem like he's going to skip it.
"I haven't made up my mind yet," James said. "If I decide to do it, they might let me do it."
Posted on: December 7, 2009 12:28 pm
Edited on: December 7, 2009 12:31 pm
By Ira Winderman, South Florida Sun Sentinel : Miami's Dwyane Wade previously had vowed to follow the leads of friends and 2008 Olympians LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony. But with James and Wade to be free agents next summer, there is some hesitancy to add to what already could be a hectic offseason.
"It's tough," Wade said. "I've made a commitment. I'm committed to USA-B. It's tough this summer. I have to wait. And it's not just because of the contract. It's a long season. I've got to wait to see how my body feels, as well. So it's not as easy as other summers."
Should the United States take gold at the World Championships, which are scheduled for Aug. 29 through Sept. 12, it automatically would qualify for the 2012 London Olympics. Otherwise, there would be a round of regional offseason qualifying in 2011.
"I'll talk to the guys that are on the team," Wade said, with Carmelo Anthony and Kobe Bryant, opponents just this past week, already agreeing to participate this summer.
Colangelo has structured an offseason schedule that would allow free agents to handle their business before getting down into the meat of the national-team schedule. A minicamp the third week of July could be made optional for those involved in free agency, with the national team then to begin training the second week of July in Las Vegas. The 2010 free-agency signing period begins July 8, with negotiations allowed to begin July 1.
With the Heat's personnel decisions on hold until 2010 free agency, Wade senses it could be a particularly grueling year, even without a national commitment.
Posted on: September 30, 2009 2:20 pm
The Denver Post reports:
Carmelo Anthony said he has made a decision to play for Team USA at the world championships in Turkey in 2010.
"Everybody committed to it," Anthony said, referring to many of his Olympic gold medal-winning teammates. "Jerry Colangelo cornered me one day. Can't say no to him. It'll be great."Full Article