David Stern, as the commissioner of the NBA, represents the interests of the owners. That is why he would want an age limit on which NBA players who can participate in the Olympics, as reported by Boston Globe.
Players can get hurt in these competitions, as Blake Griffin did, and the owners want to protect their investments in such high-profile players.
It makes sense for Stern to want this, but it is still, as Kobe Bryant described it, “stupid.” Athletes who wish to represent their country internationally should not be restricted by their employers.
As Bryant said, playing in the Olympics with constant attention from coaches and medical staff is much better than playing pickup ball with a bunch of nobodies who would have a story to tell by taking out a star.
And make no mistake about it: NBA players play basketball year-round. So the owners have to decide where they want this to happen. Do they want their players to play in the Olympics, where they can get attention from some of the best training staffs the world has to offer?
Alternatively, do they want their players to play pickup ball in high school gyms in the middle of nowhere? One sounds much riskier than the other does.
The only way the NBA could make this happen is if individual teams put it in the contracts players signed with them. No superstar is going to do that, unless they are either well past their Olympic days or are from a country that has a weak international presence in the sport.
To sum it up: it is not happening.