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LeBron out of Olympics, leaving Melo alone to chase history

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NEW YORK (AP) -

With LeBron James taking a pass, Carmelo Anthony alone will have a chance to become the most-decorated Olympian in men's basketball history.

The New York Knicks forward has agreed to chase a fourth Olympic medal, a person with knowledge of the details said Thursday.

He and James both have two gold medals and a bronze, but James informed USA Basketball that he has withdrawn from consideration, agent Rich Paul told The Associated Press on Thursday night.

James had told the Americans he wouldn't make his decision until after the NBA Finals, which ended with the All-Star forward leading the Cleveland Cavaliers to the championship on Sunday. His loss is the biggest yet for a U.S. team that has suffered a number of player withdrawals, as James ranks as the team's career leader in points and assists in the Olympics, while ranking second in rebounds.

Without him, the Americans still have two spots to fill on their 12-man roster that will be named Monday.

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