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Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James says that while the decision to add a 3-on-3 format to the Olympics is great for basketball, he won’t be participating.
“I’m not very good in a 3-on-3 thing, I’m more of a 5-on-5 guy,” James said Sunday at his media session with reporters. “I stay out of the 1-on-1 matchups during our practice, the 2-on-2 and the 3-on-3. So probably not. I probably won’t be a part of the 3-on-3 matchup that it has to offer.
“I think it’s great for basketball. For us to be able to add another category to the Olympics, another basketball category, I think it’s pretty great.”
LeBron announced his retirement from Team USA after he won Gold at the 2012 London Olympics.
J.R. Smith, meanwhile, says that Kyrie Irving and Kyle Korver would excel in a 3-on-3 game.
“Kyrie is probably the best 1-on-1 player already,” Smith said. “And Kyle [Korver] would be a really good 3-on-3 player because he moves without the ball and he can catch-and-shoot the [expletive] out of it.”