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Thursday, July 12th, 2012 at 10:05 am  |  5 responses

Kevin Love, Tyson Chandler Against Proposed 23-and-under Rule for Olympics


David Stern’s push to create a rule where no NBA player over the age of the 23 can represent the USA in the Olympics — to say nothing of the World Cup of Basketball proposal — is a very unpopular idea among current members of Team USA. Reports Sheridan Hoops: “Nitpickers would point out that making the Olympics worse in order to make the world championship better is a curious strategy. But, then again, the NBA could run a World Cup and benefit financially. and when sports is driven by greed rather than what is best for the sport or its fans, anything is possible. Count Jerry Colangelo, managing director of the U.S. national team, as one opposed to the change. Colangelo said he has had a discussion with Stern and told him to step carefully. ‘Before any final decision is made, it’s important that all the people understand what the ramifications are – to the current group of players, to the future group of players – what really are the limitations as a result?’ Colangelo said. ‘I think that discussion should be a long, thorough discussion before anyone goes off half cocked. That’s my opinion and I shared that with David.’ If Stern’s plan was currently in effect, the U.S. team would not have Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Tyson Chandler, Deron Williams, Chris Paul or Andre Iguodala on the roster. ‘There should not be an age limit for the Olympics,’ said Chandler, who pointed out that swimmer Dara Torres competed in the 2008 Olympics at age 41. ‘We wouldn’t have been able to watch her. And we wouldn’t have been able to watch some of the heroic things we have happened over the years. So I’m very against it.’ Five current Team USA players are 23 or younger – Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, Kevin Love, Blake Griffin and James Harden. The rule would not impact them now, but it would in four years. Each of the players has the goal to compete in multiple Olympics. ‘You only have very few chances to represent your country,’ Love said, ‘so I feel that it comes along every four years and I feel like if you have the chance to do it and you want to make that step and you’re good enough to make the team and represent your country, I think you might as well be able to do it, even when you are older.’”

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  • Bryan

    There goes Stern with another stupid idea.

  • AndifromAustria

    This is so stupid!! Stern is trying to emulate the b***s*** the fifa has done with football/soccer which has practically ruined the olympic tournament. It shows that the Commish still has things toblearn from.Blatter and his gang as far as greed and exploitation of the game goes. This would hurt other nations even more than the US.

  • slamfan4life

    Stern is dumb as hell

  • LA Huey

    To be honest, I don’t care about the “Olympics”. I was just as excited to watch the “B Team” run through the 2010 tournament. Besides, the NBC does a poor job of catering to diehard hoop heads like me. I got to see the 2010 Worlds in its entirety because ESPN didn’t cut to other sports I don’t care about during the broadcast. Just give me a international hoops tourney and broadcast it on a network that will give me undivided access to the games and you can call it “The Bumblebee Basketball Bonanza brought to you by Burger King” for all I care.

  • Bostonballer

    I believe one of the things Stern is trying to do is make it where “the world” looks as if they have not just caught US but surpassed us which would ignite hoops even more in other countries. That falls into Sterns world domination plan. lol

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