Talk out of the NBA's head office that basketball should go the football way at the Olympics has been universally decried by the icons of the US men's team.
NBA commissioner David Stern has floated a proposal that could see the US Olympic team limited to players 23 and under, as football does across its whole competition at the Games. He has said there's no rush to make a decision, but he believes it's something that should be considered.
But if Stern cares to take the pulse of the best players in both his game, and the world one, he would find no such inclination for a policy that would draw widespread criticism across the global hoops community.
The popular view is that football has become a second-rate Olympic sport because of its under-23 policy, driven principally by a governing body desperate to protect the interests of its own flagship tournament - the World Cup.
The Miami Heat's LeBron James, looking to complete a magical year by adding the Olympic gold to his first NBA title, can't understand why Stern would want to deny such a big part of his constituency the chance to compete at the Greatest Show on Earth.
His Team USA colleague and LA Lakers star Kobe Bryant, who's soon to turn 34 and loves the special atmosphere of the Games, spoke for his peers when he said "we're all concerned".
"I'm sure [injured Bulls star] Derrick Rose is concerned, I'm sure Kevin Durant is concerned, I'm sure Russell Westbrook and James Harden are concerned. They're all enjoying this experience, and I'm sure they want to have the option to participate in it again.
"I think it should be optional, I don't think it should be something mandated, but the players shd be able to decide whether they want to play or not."
Durant, who is 23, said he would be extremely disappointed to miss out on the chance to play at future Olympics.
"This is a great experience and you don't want to take that away from NBA players," said the Oklahoma City Thunder forward. "Everybody wants to participate for their country, and I think we should keep it as it is now. It's not like we're hurting the NBA in any kind of way. Everybody who comes out here represents the NBA and their cities to the utmost
"It's really helpful having superstar older guys as well come out and play the Olympics."
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