‘Gonna Play for the Tune Squad’: LeBron James Jokes About Not Participating in Tokyo Olympics 2021

Published 06/04/2021, 3:21 AM EDT
LeBron James attends Harlem’s Fashion Row at Capitale on September 4, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Santiago Felipe/WireImage)


The Los Angeles Lakers 2020-21 season came to an end following their defeat to the Phoenix Suns. A fatigued LeBron James tried his best to help the team, but unfortunately they came up short.

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With the off-season starting early for the Lakers, LeBron was asked about his plans and specifically about his Olympics participation. He had an interesting response to that question.

Bron said, “Nah, I think I’m gonna play for the Tune Squad this summer instead of the Olympics. That’s my focus, on trying to beat the MonStars, or the Goon Squad, you call them now. Didn’t have much success versus Suns, so now I’m giving my attention to the Goon Squad in July… Imma let the ankle rest for about a month… Hope we see y’all at the match.”

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Bron was named among the 57 probables for the USA basketball team. Last year, he had expressed his desire to play but didn’t commit to the team. “I was told he wants to plan on being able to play, but no one can totally commit under these circumstances,” USA Basketball managing director Jerry Colangelo had said back in September 2020.

LeBron might have said what he did as a joke, but it won’t be a surprise if he actually doesn’t play for the USA Olympics team. He didn’t play in the previous Olympics back in 2016 either. He last played for Team USA back in 2012 where he won gold, and he also had a similar result in 2008.

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LeBron James wants to focus on the Toon Squad instead

After what was arguably his most tiresome and grueling season, LeBron will be eager for some rest. This season, he missed over 20 games for the first time, showing that he is only human after all. At 36, he is still one of the best in the business, but sadly things didn’t work out for him and his team in the NBA Playoffs. The team has faced a multitude of problems this season, which they will be eager to solve before next season.

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But till then, Bron is firmly focused on his super-hyped upcoming movie, Space Jam 2. Releasing in mid-July, it is a sequel to the original which starred Michael Jordan. But it is only a sequel by name as their stories are reportedly not intertwined at all.

Anything that features LeBron always has a lot of attention. So seeing him on the big screen in a leading role for the first time is guaranteed to make the flick a hit.

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Aaron Mathew is a sports analyst at EssentiallySports. A graduate in Mass Media from Xavier’s College, Aaron has been a part of EssentiallySports since May 2020 where he covers both NBA and NCAA basketball news, and has also covered NBA 2K. In the past, Aaron has worked at the Sports Desk of Mumbai Mirror.

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