Will Players Unite on Olympic Age Issue?
The most incredible part of the debate about the NBA’s desire to run its superstars out of the Olympics is simple: The players can stop it. They’re left to believe that they’re without voices on the matter, that they’re at the mercy of the commissioner, owners, and FIBA, who are conspiring to redirect all those Olympic revenues and control into the rebranded world championships.
Unless the players unite, make a stand, and stop the NBA’s imperialistic designs, they’re going to get trampled the way they always do. That’s an indisputable fact.
The solution is simple here, but there’s a reason the players have been left drifting on the issue, uninformed and unaware of the NBA’s behind-the-scenes machinations to move a plan with FIBA into motion: Players Association executive director Billy Hunter is too weakened and distracted to engage the issue.
The superstars despise the plan and need to get organized, get a course of action, and get moving fast. They’ve paid Billy Hunter tens of millions of dollars to represent them, to be the voice, the leader, and he’s been nowhere near his star players and nowhere on this issue. David Stern is coming and everyone is just left to wonder: Will the players really fold and let the league do this to them again?