Just when we were getting used to the best of the best NBA players coming together every four years to represent the USA, David Stern is working towards London being the last Olympics for the league's most established players, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports.
Wojanarowski reported that Stern apparently wants an under-23 team to play in the Olympics with the NBA's biggest stars playing in a separate world championship:
Stern says the NBA will take time to deliberate how it will proceed in the future, but multiple league and international sources insist there’s little chance the league will ever send its best players to the Summer Olympics beyond the 2012 London Games. The NBA has long wanted to best protect its financial investments in players by better controlling the medical and training staffs used in international competition.
If this idea becomes a reality, who would make up this U-23 team? The quick answer is that it would predominantly be composed of this year's college freshmen and the high school Classes of 2013 and 2014.
Here's a quick look at who might make up this young, 12-player roster for the USA's 2016 Summer Olympic men's basketball team.