With the NBA season wrapping up in two short weeks all NBA fans will begin to turn their attention toward the upcoming NBA Playoffs holding out high hopes that their favorite players beat the injury bug and lead their team to an NBA Championship. However, lost in the euphoria of the player’s quest for that NBA Finals moment is the big decision many of the NBA’s biggest stars are going to have to make. Ultimately, several All-NBA players will have to decide what is more important, joining your fellow countrymen in pursuit of a gold medal in the London Olympics or try your hand at hoisting an NBA Finals Championship Trophy.
Although the Olympics is not on the mind of many NBA fans, once the season ends and a champion is crowned everyone will turn their attention to who will be on the Olympic Dream Team in London. Players who decline will have their loyalty and patriotism quested with very little thought given to the tough rigors of a compacted NBA season where players barely had time to practice more less rest.
The rigors of a shortened NBA season have certainly taken its toll on the NBA’s most premiere players:
- Kobe Bryant’s shin (USA)
- Dwight Howard’s back (USA)
- Derrick Rose’s EVERYTHING (USA)
- Dwayne Wade’s (@Dwayne Wade) ankle and attitude (USA)
- Tyson Chandler’s knee and right arm (USA)
- Amare Stoudemire’s back (USA)
- Marc Gasol’s hyper extended knee (Spain)
- Rudy Fernandez’s knee (Spain)
- Andrew Bogut’s arm and shoulder (Australia)
- Ricky Rubio’s knee (Spain)
The availability of all the players mentioned above will impact their National Team and their quest for the Gold Medal in London. Although it is likely that Spain and the United States will still battle for gold their journey has gotten significantly harder with the injuries of key players above.
Although Jerry Colangelo is responsible for selecting the TEAM USA the injury bug and a tough NBA season will eliminate several prominent players who many would have been considered locks. Here are some questions our American NBA All-Stars are going to have to answer:
- At 34 years old, does Kobe Bryant choose to rest this summer and get healthy or does he risk further injury and fatigue to his body by playing in the Olympics?
- Does Dwight Howard risk further injury to his back and accept an invitation to the Olympic team despite the fact that he is going into a contract year in the NBA?
- Does Derrick Rose, reigning NBA MVP attempt to play in the Olympics despite the fact that his body is nearly falling apart?
- How many players not injured decline an invitation to the Olympic team choosing to rest and spend time with family instead?
PF – Kevin Love C – Andrew Bynum
Although the NBA regular season has had its compelling moments I believe the playoffs and the offseason will be more exciting.At the end of the NBA season we will soon find ou what matters most – representing your country or getting healthy for the next NBA season. – A. Denmark (@Eatdrnkslsprtz)
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