I just read this post from yesterday.
"All the while the guys who pulled out are kicking back and enjoying the show."
I can see where some, if not all of them will feel some responsibility for the bashing USA basketball is taking from this WC.
I am sure that there will be ramifications over this in American basketball. They will all feel this humiliation and the millions of fans, who, like us, know nothing about what really happens in these selection processes will be furious as well as humiliated. I can also imagine that their peers may have lost some respect for those who quit the team. Look at how we have reacted to the Boomers ins and outs. And, how so many people are down on Simmons for not going. And we're winning!
As for Pop, not only did he give up/sacrifice himself, as did all other participants, he, more than any other NBA coach allowed, probably encouraged, 4 of his team to represent at the WCs. Wonder how many others did the same to get the "super" stars to participate (I separated "super" from stars on purpose). In that vein, I wonder how Brett Brown would answer such a question regarding our Ben!
Extension to Main Theme.
Could this tragic event (not being number 1 is bad eneough, playing for 7th or 8th is tragic) prompt some changes in both the NBA and FIBA.
Much has been said about the change in scheduling from last year to this, pre- Olympic year. Possibly had an influence on whether super and mega stars wanted to go to both and as we now know, lots chose "No".
Had the choice been now or in 2 years, many may have said "Yes"' simply because that extra year may have made a difference with their own selection chances. Purely because of age, LeBron may be a good example. 2 years from now and he's probably fighting for his spot against Zion(?), at least contesting the starting role. Those of you who know the NBA will be able to add lots of other names. Next year's Olympics may be his last chance to 1, represent his beloved USA or 2, go out with a bang!
Also, I have already heard/read how FIBA are hurting over being relegated to 2nd top status behind the Olympics. Whether that's true or not is unimportant.
Returning the WCs to its previous schedule would at least make both comps joint No 1s, perhaps. I'd be happy with that.
In fact this WC may justify FIBA claiming top spot stating that not even Olympic's basketball will be better than this.
Olympics are just special!