Mirotic12 wrote:Sixerscan wrote:Just not realistic to expect the top American players to play in a tournament like this 11 months before the olympics with a full nba season in between.
The U23 (or U25 or whatever) for the WC is an interesting angle. Eliminates the need to ask guys to commit two straight summers.
The opposite is what is going to happen. The Olympics is going to become the under 23 tournament, and the World Cup is going to be the only world tournament for senior men. The NBA and FIBA have been planning that for a long time, and even people associated to FIBA have said it is happening soon.
The latest talk is that the 2028 Olympics basketball will be an under-23 only tournament.Nate505 wrote:To the US players though it isn't. The Olympics is the major tournament they care about, as and as they are the best players in the world, it makes that tournament the most prestigious.
FIBA is going to make the Olympics an under-23 tournament. This has been known for several years now. So the USA players will have to get with the rest of the world, whether they like it or not.
Or they just don't play international ball at all. Olympics are fun, this world cup thing is barely more than a cash grab.