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SBD Global/August 9, 2012/Olympics
International Basketball Community United In Opposition To Stern's Age Limit
Published August 9, 2012
NOT INTERESTED: In Boston, Bob Ryan wrote based on "everything we have seen and heard at London 2012," the idea of putting an age restriction in place "is a certified non-starter." Ryan: "From my vantage point across the pond, I would say events have overtaken the commissioner. ... That little ‘pop’ you just heard is the sound of the trial balloon being burst.” There is “enormous interest” in the U.S. team, and the “international media are enthralled with them.” Ryan: “No one -- I mean no one -- thinks this 23-and-under thing is a good idea” (BOSTON GLOBE, 8/8).
BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR: The U.S. men's team plays a quarterfinal game against Australia Wednesday and remains the favorite to win the Gold Medal despite teams like Spain, Argentina and France being stocked with NBA players. CBS’ Mark Phillips noted, "The NBA first allowed its players to come to the Olympics 20 years ago as a way of promoting its product and the game. Judging from how others play that game right now, it may have promoted too well” (“Evening News,” CBS, 8/7). SI’s Ian Thomsen wrote even as the U.S. men’s team won all of its preliminary games, there were "signs of vulnerability.” Team Australia coach Brett Brown said of the prospect of Spain upsetting the U.S., “It would be no miracle on ice. That is not at all the parallel. These guys are ripe. They have all the pieces, they have the age, they’ve played together: It’s the holy grail of international basketball” (SI, 8/13 issue).