Count Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban as one who doesn’t enjoy watching NBA players play Olympic basketball while representing their country.
It’s bad enough that his best player is German, but the whole money issue is what Cuban really harped on when speaking about the issue before his Mavs played the Chicago Bulls over the weekend:
ESPN: “I think it’s the biggest mistake the NBA makes,” Cuban said of allowing NBA stars to compete in international competition. “If you look up stupid in the dictionary you see a picture of the USA Dream Team playing for free for corporate America so the U.S. Olympic Committee can make billions of dollars. So if you come up with something that you own that you can give to me for free so I can make billions of dollars, I want it.
“And it has nothing to do with patriotism and it’s all about money. You don’t see the (International) Olympic Committee in Switzerland saying, ‘Oh, we made so much money, let’s give it to people.’ How many jets do they have?”
Cuban loves to rant but he’s got a point. NBA owners invest millions of dollars into their players but those same players throw on the Team USA jersey for free and make millions, upon millions, for their country or more specifically the Olympic committee.
Cuban’s solution is to fill the rosters with college-aged players and that’s not a terrible idea. They play under similar circumstances anyway.
It probably won’t happen though. Why, you ask? There’s too much money being made of course. Isn’t that always the reason?