Mark Cuban has been one of the staunchest critics of the NBA loaning its players for international competition.
The Mavericks owner doesn’t believe FIBA-run events, like the Word Cup and Olympics, help the NBA enough. Instead, Cuban has contended, they just leave NBA players at risk of injury.
In the wake of Paul George’s horrifying injury during a glorified World Cup practice, Cuban is reiterating his long-held point.
Cuban, via Marc Stein of ESPN:
“The (International Olympic Committee) is playing the NBA. The IOC is an organization that has been rife with corruption, to the point where a member was accused of trying to fix an Olympic event in Salt Lake. The IOC (pulls in) billions of dollars. They make a killing and make Tony Soprano look like a saint.
“The pros in multiple sports are smart enough to not play when they are eligible free agents. But teams take on huge financial risk so that the IOC committee members can line their pockets.
“The greatest trick ever played was the IOC convincing the world that the Olympics were about patriotism and national pride instead of money. The players and owners should get together and create our own World Cup of Basketball.”
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