Speaking of saying things to suit narratives, you still never answered my direct questions,
The main one being
Would athletes, and im sure its alot more than bogut and gasol pull out or even think of it, if the olympics where held on one of the places i suggested???
Do a quick google search and see the growing number of basketballers not going or thinking of it, who are not injured and just dont want to. A fair chunk of the first choice USA team has withdrawn, and im sure we havnt seen the last of it.
That alone is a reason to host in one of these places i have suggested and not Rio
Olympics is professional, its about the BEST of the BEST, you reckon TV stations will pay billions of dollars to show an amateur competition?? Do you reckon it would get the same viewership?? At the very least it has been this way since 1992, if not earlier in many sports, so a fair while now
To be honest, the amount of withdrawls have already made me less excited about the basketball at the olympics, which is my fav sport
US team is dropping like flys, i doubt that KD, LEBron or Kyrie will go either which makes it even worse
I never mentioned Beijing and China, Beijing is a different issue,and you may of noticed it wasnt a place i suggested, and also doesnt fit my suggestion of 1st world hosts, so in a way your proving my point
And ME is correct, guys saying they dont wanna go, gotta rest, free agency, family reasons, etc generally means i dont wanna go to that place, but dont wanna publicly bag it, so will blame something else like these things, and be very vauge about it
I almost guarantee all of these guys would play if it was in a place i have suggested, most are not injured, or even free agents needing to protect there value in the short term, so they simply dont wanna go, which again proves my point, they shouldnt hold these events in Rio
Basketball, just one sport is looking watered down already, with heaps of USA guys out, and i predict others will follow suit, Batum and both Gasols are atleast considering not going, Marc al beit is due to injury, but even if he wasnt im not sure he would be keen to go. Others like Bogut have publicly voiced concerns, you lose 1 or 2 guys of the tournament, cos they dont wanna go to Rio, is basically losing 10-20% of the top talent from the top teams, it makes the tournament far less attractive for viewers and frankly future sponsonrs, etc. Im a basketball tragic and getting less excited about the olympic basketball, what are casual fans gonna think??
Seriously if im the NBA, id organise a basketball tournament in the USA, with all the guys that dont wanna go to Rio at the same time or there abouts, could build some nice international rosters, sell sponsorships and tv rights easily, and cash in on this, if given the choice between a tournament in the USA and Rio olympics im sure many would rather stay/go to the USA, build international rosters from NBA sqauds and see how good some of these teams could look. Yes i know this wont happen, but if i were the NBA id look at it., could even pay the players too, something the Olympics doesnt do. Mark Cuban even hinted at something like this a while ago, cos he isnt a fan of the Olympics using there players whilst not paying the player or the club, particlularly if they get hurt at the olympics or in the lead up to.
Im sure its not just basketball too, its just the olympic sport i follow, im sure many sports are dealing with similar issues.