Olympic Age Limit for Men's Basketball Reportedly Unlikely for 2016 Games

Alex Hall@@AlexKHallCorrespondent IIIAugust 9, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 08:  (L-R) NBA Commissioner David Stern talks with Oklahoma City Thunder owner Clayton Bennett as the United States takes on Australia during the Men's Basketball quaterfinal game on Day 12 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at North Greenwich Arena on August 8, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Ian Thomsen of Sports Illustrated is reporting that the NBA's look into an age limit for basketball players on Olympic teams shouldn't have any effect on the 2016 Summer Games.

As Thomsen reported, a source close to the International Olympic Committee and FIBA's discussion on the matter told SI.com that it is "unlikely" an age limit would be passed and put in place in time for the Rio Games.

NBA commissioner David Stern first made waves regarding this issue when he publicly stated his approval for an under-23 age limit for Olympic basketball players. While that may be the case, even Stern has said there's no rush on implementing his proposal, telling Jeff Zillgitt of USA Today:

This is not an urgent issue. This is just an opportunity to have an intelligent conversation with our friends at FIBA.

Stern's proposal hasn't received much support, however, with Team USA players Kobe Bryant and Kevin Love speaking out against the idea.

Speaking with ESPN's Marc Stein about the topic, Bryant said, "It's a stupid idea. It should be a [player's] choice."

Love spoke with Jan Hubbard of Sheridan Hoops on the issue, stating:

You only have very few chances to represent your country...I think you might as well be able to do it, even when you are older.