Wade: NBA Olympians should get paid
NBA player and Olympian Dwyane Wade has come out saying that he thinks that NBA players suiting in the Olympics should be paid in some way for their time, possibly through funds from jersey sales.
"The biggest thing is now you get no rest," Wade said. "So you go to the end of the season, (Team USA) training camp is two weeks later. You're giving up a lot to do it. It's something you want to do. But it's taxing on your body. You're not playing for the dollar. But it would be nice if you would get compensated."He was joining Ray Allen, who said:
"You talk about the patriotism that guys should want to play for, but you (need to) find a way to entice the guys," Allen was quoted as saying in the interview. "It's not the easiest thing in the world if you play deep in the playoffs and then you get two, three weeks off and then you start training again to play more basketball, where it requires you to be away from home and in another country. It's fun, but your body does need a break."Full story
A couple of the top comments on the article disagree with their stance:
I don't want anyone representing my country in the Olympics who demands to be paid to do so.
I'd rather NOT MEDAL, than pay NBA'ers for the Olympics.Further confounding the issue but unmentioned in the article is that of owners forking out millions for player contracts, then potentially losing a player to injury during international competition. That, I think, is a bigger issue.