Olympic Basketball 2012: Why Under-23 Roster Would Benefit USA Basketball

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Olympic Basketball 2012: Why Under-23 Roster Would Benefit USA Basketball
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Anthony Davis should be the face of USA Basketball at the 2012 London Olympics, not LeBron James or Kobe Bryant.

NBA Commissioner David Stern began a compelling debate when he suggested that the 2012 London Games may be the last time we see the league's top stars competing in the Olympics.

He told ESPN's Colin Cowherd that he wants to follow the model set by soccer and limit Olympic participation to players at or under the age of 23. The words echoed more pointed comments from Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, who aggressively lobbied to pull every NBA player out of the Olympics while speaking with Fox Sports' Greg Couch.

“It’s the biggest mistake the NBA makes,’’ Cuban said. “If you look up stupid in the dictionary, you see a picture of the USA Dream Team playing for free for corporate America so the U.S. Olympic Committee can make millions of dollars. If you come up with something that you own, that you give it to me for free so I can make billions of dollars, I want it. And it has nothing to do with patriotism. It’s all about money.''

NBA players Tyson Chandler and Andre Iguodala balked at Stern's idea of limiting the league's participation in the league to 23 and under, calling it ridiculous.

Both sides to the argument are digging in. There are plenty of pros and cons to each route.

Here are the reasons that Stern and Cuban are right.

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