Mark Cuban still wants NBA players out of OlympicsPosted by Inside Hoops
Mark Cuban’s repeated criticism of the NBA for allowing its stars to play in the Olympics is no longer falling on deaf ears in the commissioner’s office.
David Stern and deputy commissioner Adam Silver said Wednesday that they are no longer sure they want to see NBA veterans playing in the Olympics beyond this summer’s Games in London and will look into a 23-and-under age limit, as soccer does.
The news came as a welcome surprise to Cuban, who touted a 22-and-under age limit as recently as April.
“Yes, I’m thrilled,” Cuban told ESPNDallas.com on Wednesday night.
The most outspoken of the league’s owners regarding the NBA’s participation in the Olympics and all international competition during the NBA’s offseason, Cuban said in April that he believed the topic of NBA players’ availability was a dead issue, saying, “The commissioner’s office won’t open it up to discussion. They’ll take calls about it, but won’t put it up for a vote. Hopefully, I can get him to move it to a vote at some point.”
Silver made it clear Wednesday that Cuban’s voice is resonating.
– Reported by Jeff Caplan of ESPN Dallas