Olympic Basketball: 5 Keys to Making an Under-23 Tournament Thrive

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Olympic Basketball: 5 Keys to Making an Under-23 Tournament Thrive
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Why would the NBA restrict players from playing in future Olympics, given the success of Team USA over the past 20 years? 

It's a pure money grab for the owners. Plain and simple. 

Long story short, the NBA wants to restrict players older than 23 to only the newly rebranded FIBA World Cup of Basketball, so the owners aren't incurring the risk of their older stars' health in the Olympics for nothing in return. 

Unfortunately for us, groups of billionaires tend to get their way. 

There's a distinct possibility that this year's Team USA may be the last collection of NBA superstars to ever play in the Olympics together. 

Assuming the NBA owners do end up getting their way, these five things would make the under-23 experience more enjoyable in future Olympics.

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