O.K., world, pin this one on your locker-room wall. LeBron James is picturing himself on the Beijing medal stand, gold draping his gargantuan chest. “It’s going to be like waking up on Christmas Day,” says James, the Cleveland Cavalier and global icon who led the NBA in scoring this season. “All you dreamed about this whole month was having that bike you wanted, and you get down to your living room ? it’s there. It’s like one of the greatest things that has ever happened to you.” So you’re going to bring a hoops title back home to the U.S., the country that gave birth to the game, reared it and then lost the ball to more graceful global neighbors? “Absolutely,” James responds. Guarantee it? “Absolutely.”
LeBron James appears on one of the covers of the latest issue of TIME Magazine, which hits newsstands Friday, and he discusses his Olympic hopes and dreams. Also, be sure to check out this exclusive interview with with King James about the upcoming Olympic Games. Once you finish your reading and watching check out the latest photos from USA Basketball squad training camp below. On Tuesday, James suffered what U.S. Olympic team doctors called a mild right ankle sprain while practicing against a select squad of young NBA players in Las Vegas. However, on Wednesday, there was LeBron James, a smile on his face, standing beyond the three-point arc Wednesday afternoon at the end of practice at Valley High, pumping in shot after shot, making six of nine in one sequence, free of a walking boot or any other medical device on his right leg. Only 24 hours earlier, James, diagnosed with a mild sprain of his right ankle, was stretched out on a trainer’s bench in that same gym, his right foot encased in ice, a frown on his face. “It feels a lot better today,” James said. “When it first happened, it didn’t feel good at all.” He even mentioned about it in his latest blog entry in order to make sure his fans aren’t worried :-).
|Source: time.com, nba.com, yahoo.com, getty | From USA Basketball|
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