LeBron and the 2008 Olympic team

As we continue to sort through what happened in the first three weeks of NBA free agency, Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo provides more details. Here is part of the story of LeBron and playing for Team USA in the 2008 Summer Olympics:

From Team USA coach Mike Krzyzewski to managing director Jerry Colangelo to NBA elders, the issue of James’ immaturity and downright disrespectfulness had become a consuming topic on the march to the Olympics. The course of history could’ve changed dramatically, because there was a real risk that James wouldn’t be brought to Beijing based on fears his monumental talents weren’t worth the daily grind of dealing with him…

No one could stand James as a 19-year-old in the 2004 Athens Olympics, nor the 2006 World Championships. Officials feared James could become the instigator of everything they wanted to rid themselves for the ’08 Olympics.

The whole story casts LeBron and his friends in a less-than-positive light. Olympic officials called his group “The Enablers.”

Fascinating backstory and look into the life of a player who has been a national celebrity since high school.

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