Jan 25, 2012
Cuban Calls NBA Stars In Olympics ‘stupidity’

New Zealand Herald


Mark Cuban, owner of the reigning NBA champion Dallas Mavericks, is upset once again at the idea of league players competing in the Olympics, telling ESPN it is “the epitome of stupidity”.

The US-based sports network’s website cited Cuban’s comments, the latest in years of criticism of NBA talent in the Olympics, in the wake of losing German star Dirk Nowitzki and French guard Rodrigue Beaubois to injuries.

“There are some guys sitting at the Olympic headquarters going, ‘Those dumb-asses – we’re taking all their best guys for nothing ‘ Cuban told ESPN.

“It’s just the epitome of stupidity that we would allow ourselves to be used so other corporations (the International Olympic Committee and its sponsors) can make tens, if not hundreds, of millions of dollars.”

Cuban said he will keep fighting and complaining to NBA commissioner David Stern even though he accepts he is unlikely to stop the NBA from allowing top talent to play in the Olympics.

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