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Mark Cuban Says Letting Players Play for Olympic Team is ‘Stupidity,’ Calls Olympic Basketball ‘Meaningless’

Above all else, Mark Cuban is a businessman. That is the reason he is one of the most successful men in America. He may love guys like Dirk Nowitzki and Jason Kidd on a personal level, but at the end of the day, they are assets to his company. Cuban pays them to play for the Mavericks, so if they are going to get hurt and jeopardize their careers, he wants to make sure it is done on company time. Dirk is currently nursing an knee injury that may have been caused while playing for Germany in international competition, and Cuban is not happy about it.

“It’s just the epitome of stupidity that we would allow ourselves to be used so other corporations (like the Olympics) can make tens, if not hundreds of millions of dollars,” Cuban said according to ESPNDallas.com. “There’s some guys sitting at the Olympic headquarters going, ‘Those dumb-asses, we’re taking all their best guys for nothing.’

“I understand from Dirk’s perspective. We should never put our athletes in that position. For some sports the Olympics are very, very important. For basketball, it’s meaningless. It’s not that they’re not decent games. All things being equal, it’s fun to watch us play Argentina and Spain, but it would be just as fun if they were 21 and under.”

Cuban said he has tried to get the debate put up for vote but has had no success. Obviously his belief is shared by other owners, as evidenced by the fact that Amar’e Stoudemire may have been left off the Team USA roster this year over a similar dispute.

It’s easy to understand both sides of the argument. Cuban has a valid point; he and other NBA owners pay their players hundreds of million of dollars, and the Olympic teams get to borrow them without offering compensation. If someone should suffer a serious injury, it would be accompanied by nothing more than an “oops.” On the other hand, it is important to some players to be able to represent their country. It’s a matter of pride. Unfortunately for Cuban and others, pride is likely to continue to win out — at least for the immediate future.


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  • http://larrybrownsports.com Larry Brown

    Simple question: Would Cuban feel this way if he were NOT an NBA team owner? Probably not. That answers that.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/ZAV5VVR5BZQLAPB4H3QGLE5RDU Alan F

    Cuban’s a douche, who cares what he thinks…

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/WPWNCSQCDSCRDGSF3OXUTVLSRE VanceH

    Is this an insurance industry problem or a basketball problem? Does U.S. legislation need to be passed to make sure ANY athlete in ANY sport who is participating in the Olympics be medically and career coveraged if injured in any way at all while representing his country in the Olympics? C’mon man this is REALLY STUPID. Define the problem correctly and possible solutions and Cuban will go away.

  • Anonymous

    Cuban needs to put the blame where it belongs…on the idiots who decided to play on the Olympic Team, not the Olympics.  If that’s the way he feels about it then his players should be told in no uncertain terms that the Olympics are off limits and if they fail to comply then they will receive a substantial fine…otherwise he needs to shut his pie hole.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ON2Q3PFLNA6D7X45KFWMIQOTVY Eric Z

    Doesn’t Cuban have input on the contacts?

  • Troy Donat

    This is what is wrong with our world, GREED! Poor me I could lose some money. The players are employees not property. I realize that they sign contracts. so the contracts should have provisions to play outside of the nba and if they grt hurt the contracts should be voided. So they lose there starr player tough! Like I said they are employees not property. I work for someone  Like Cuban I would tell him were to go quite and Fine another job. I wouldn’t sign a contract that didn’t have a op-out clause for the owner being  a a** Hole. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1008023445 Dwight Lampkin

    Now he has a championship and all the sudden he has a voice. He should b proud he has players that represent the World, in a sport that he loves and does business in. To bash the Olympics because of his personal greed without care for his players and say his or any NBA decision to be USED is the ” epitome of stupidity”, YOU SIR ARE STUPID.