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LeBron James 'Optimistic' NBA Will Have 2011-12 Season, Despite Lockout

LeBron James is still "optimistic" that the NBA will have a 2011-12 season, despite the ongoing NBA lockout. At a charity event in Akron, Ohio on Monday, James told the Associated Press that he is still hoping the league can stage a 2011-12 season.

"I'm optimistic that we will have a season this year," James said. "Very optimistic."

"I believe that Billy Hunter and the owners and (NBA Commissioner) David Stern are going to work toward having a season this year. And I'll be ready for it."

James reaffirmed that he has no plans to follow the lead of NBA players from Deron Williams to Jordan Farmar and play for a league overseas during the NBA lockout. Instead, he choosing to work out twice a day and seek tutelage from Hakeem Olajuwon in an effort to refine his game after his Miami Heat fell to the Dallas Mavericks in the 2011 NBA Finals.

James also confirmed that he is fully committed to the U.S. Olympic team in advance of the 2012 London Olympics.

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