Olympics vs. Time Off

(L-R) Lebron James (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images); Dwyane Wade (Jesse D. Garrabrant/Getty IMages)

So there is this story that appeard on Yahoo News about some NBA players on the Olympic team may want to skip out on this summer’s competetion at the World Championship games in Turkey.  Colangelo’s ‘gettin all gangsta’ with it too by making threats agaisnt those who don’t plan to attend without an excuse that fits his fancy.

I understand the whole three year commitment thing.   Gone are the days when cats just show up for the Olympics and feel that without a doubt we are gonna get the gold medal.  The other teams around the world are infiltrated with NBA players and players who can flat out ball.  It’s a special benefit to have the likes of Kobe, LeBron and D-Wade on the team that barely won the gold medal game last year against Spain.

Still, guys like Kobe, LeBron gave a huge commitment to the team already and they came through to bring the gold home during the last Olympic games.  They also tend to play deep into June with their respective teams.  Colangelo’s Phoenix Suns don’t really have players who can say that.  These superstar players who take their teams to the conference championship and Finals need their rest.  I don’ t think its reasonable to expect that they carry the league and never have time to rest their bodies during the summer.

Taking the summer of 2010 off with a promise to jump back in for 2011 before the games in London a year later when it really counts is probably a smart thing.

I’m afraid though that  some executives don’t look at it like that.  They want to drain the brothers of all they have as if they are machines.

Reminds of of the book 40 Million Dollar Slaves.

Forty Million Dollar Slaves: The Rise, Fall, and Redemption of the Black Athlete

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