With the Summer Olympics only a few weeks away, national pride reaches a pinnacle. In this fortnight more than ever, people will hear the willows of "USA" chants from households and see red, white and blue color-coordinated outfits.
The most scrutinized event of all is USA Basketball. Since basketball was founded in the United States and foreign countries adopted the sport in the past twenty years, anything less than a gold medal is considered an utter failure.
Recently, NBA Commissioner David Stern advocated for the restriction of the U.S. men’s basketball team to players who are 23 years old or younger. Instead, Stern proposed the World Cup of Basketball, similar to the FIFA World Cup Soccer format, where the NBA owners would reap in the profits, not the Olympics.
This got me thinking... imagine if the NBA sponsored a similar tournament, except each player represents their college. Instead of being driven by economics, this would revolve around the university pride of student athletes. (I know, very idealistic thinking.) This event would bolster school spirit and create a new avenue for fun, intense rivalries. Finally, Duke and North Carolina fans can settle disputes about who produces better NBA talent.
I looked at current-NBA players and the universities they attended and ranked the top 10 teams based on who was the better overall team.
And sorry, high school draftees cannot compete. Though, a Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Dwight Howard and Kevin Garnett would be scary good. This team would dominate that it would appear they were still playing against high school competition.
Let the fun-filled, intense, mythical NCAA Alumni Basketball Championship commence!