Flash echoed his agreement with Basketball Jesus’ sentiment that NBA players should be paid for participating. Ya know, because NBA players are special little snowflakes who even deserve preferential treatment at the Olympics.
Wade and Allen’s main argument for compensation is that it leaves little time to recuperate after the NBA season. That they are tired. Would being paid make them less tired? Would it somehow grant them more time off?
My first thought was to wonder how much he thinks it’s worth to represent one’s country in front of, literally, the entire world. He is already living a boyhood dream and being handsomely paid for it-$16 million just this year.
How much more does he want for living another dream? Would $200k make him feel better? It’s also a dream that tens of thousands of other Olympians will be living at significant financial cost to themselves.
Playing in the Olympics also isn’t mandatory. Hell, even LeBron James gets it. When asked if he thought they should be paid, he answered, and has always answered, that he is honored to be playing for Team USA. If he can’t give up a summer every 4 years to play for his nation, then keep his greedy ass off the team.
Finally-where would this money come from? Is our dear Uncle Sam going to pay Team USA for trying to repopulate the earth with groupies in the Olympic Village? He had f**king better not. Wade suggested the players receive a cut of the jersey sales, and forget that players wouldn’t be paid evenly. How about the fact that no one ever anywhere buys Olympic basketball jerseys. I was at the prime jersey-buying age when the original Dream Team played, and I didn’t even know anyone who knew anyone that owned one of those things.
Playing in the Olympics is the prime example of the name on the front meaning more than the name on the back of the jersey. If that’s not enough for Wade, there will be more than a few talented guards who I’m sure would be honored to take his place.MC McMahon.