- 04/23/2012, 06:03PM ET
HighwayCrossingFrog said 04/23, 06:03 PM
lets face it olympic basketball is boring..
mainly case usa is such a massive favourite..
in hockey it makes sense..
theres 6 or 7 countries that al think they can win..
but in basketball, if we win, its embarrassing..
if we lose its boring:)
lets give college kids the chance for a cool experience..
plus the competition as a whole would be waaaaay more exciting..
imagine if the college kids, did the unthinkable and won..
the pros play too many games as it is..
they are too banged up after a ridiculously long season..
7#bag _ Com said 04/24, 02:54 AM
NBA players HAVE lost in international competition.
There is a solid chance that Spain could beat the US when they play.
So you would be incorrect there.
Part of the reason the NBA players are in the Games is that the US players were playing Professionals in the games anyway, only the US players were unpaid and they were more or less government employees in other countries (Russia, Germany, Yugoslavia etc)
But here is something you might miss.
Say LeBron or Kobe or another Players blows an ACL and never plays again.
He's a Millionaire, He will do fine for the rest of his life, his kids will and his kids kids will.
What happens if Uni-Brow blows a Knee?
He can't live off that Kentucky money, and his Kids won't be riding Bentleys off that Olympic Insurance.
Let the BEST Americans play the BEST of the World.
Its no longer 55 point blowouts, its getting closer.
As it should be.
HighwayCrossingFrog said 04/24, 03:49 PM
the injury angle..
yes its possible, but not likely..
I like the idea of college kids playing,
cause it gives them baby steps into the nba..
the leap from college to pros is massive..
let them play against the minnows, like germans, italians and turks..
let them get a taste for blood,
and best of all, the kids have nothing to lose..
and at the same time play on a massive stage..
if they win, they become heroes and quadruple their salary..
if they lose, we just use the, "oh, well they are just kids" excuse..
we have nothing to lose..
its a win win situation..
owners hate olympics!
7#bag _ Com said 04/25, 02:09 AM
Lets hit the rewind machine to 1992. The FIRST time the US sent the pros
Stockton - Broken Leg
Bird - Strained Back - Retired
Malone - strained Hammy
Barkley - High ankle strain.
Yeah, no injury factor there.
We DO have something to lose, THIS IS OUR GAME.
Most countries don't play Futbal Americano
The Games are every 4 years- meaning having more than a handful of baseball games just cant fit in the time restraints.
Basketball is IT.
We don't need to come in 7th in a game WE Invented.
The players CAN turn down, its an INVITATION to the tryouts, they Don'T have to go
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