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August 12, 2014 Updates

Clint Capela leaves Swiss National Team due to injury, journalist Omar Gargantini reports. The NBA rookie already travelled to Houston. Capela won’t play with Swiss National Team the three remaining games for Eurobasker 2015 QR. Sportando

August 11, 2014 Updates

Cuban has been railing about NBA player involvement in international competitions for years, decrying the financial payoff that comes to the International Olympic Committee rather than the NBA and its owners, or its players. To that end, Cuban has proposed the NBA develop its own World Cup of Basketball. "For the IOC, basketball is an afterthought," Cuban wrote via e-mail Friday. "We may create more money than any other Summer Olympic sport, but the profits are not re- invested into the NBA, or into developing basketball around the world. They are reinvested in the IOC's bank account. So as a result, the NBA still has to pay to develop the game globally. So its worse than it looks NBA.com

"But if we owned a World Cup, guys would still love playing for their country. The standards for safety, trainers, etc., would be ours. Profits from TV, and there would be profits from TV, would go not just to the NBA/Players, but we could take a big chunk and actually develop the game worldwide. The IOC does nothing to develop basketball. We would be able to do far more because we would own the whole vertical chain "So right now, not only do we not benefit at all, we have to pay to develop the game worldwide and that comes out of the owners' and players' pockets." NBA.com

Former NBA Commissioner David Stern advocated adopting the rules of FIFA, soccer's international governing body, which limits Olympic soccer participation to players 23 and under. But Bryant and other players spoke out strongly against the proposal, and it was quietly shelved. But Stern's proposal still has some support among some NBA teams. "To us, it would make sense to have age limits on this," one team executive said. "That would tell you that you have X number of years of risk to accept." NBA.com

Cuban believes that, despite the additional workload of an NBA-sponsored World Cup for players in the offseason, they and the union would agree to the new arrangement. "There is a huge difference between an exhibition game and a game for your nation," Cuban e-mailed. "No one dives for a loose ball in a pro-am game. In a game for your country you are remembered for generations as a quitter if you don't." NBA.com

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Jerry Colangelo believes a lot of folks missed the point when Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban was critical of the NBA’s and FIBA’s involvement with the International Basketball Committee. After Indiana’s Paul George suffered a compound fracture to his right leg Friday, sidelining him for the 2014-15 season, Cuban heavily criticized the IOC for raking in all of the dollars pertaining to international basketball, while the NBA and its owners have to absorb all of the risk. Cuban’s comments fueled a national debate and pointed out the unfairness in the IOC’s one-sided financial relationship with the NBA and FIBA. But Colangelo, the USA Basketball chairman and USA Men’s National Team managing director, viewed the firestorm set off by Cuban in a different manner. “I think people need to read between the lines, which is basically he’s not against international competition,” Colangelo said during a Tuesday conference call. “He’s against international competition when he believes the beneficiary — being the IOC — is getting the money. “So he’s basically saying it’s OK for our players to play internationally if the money goes to the NBA and to the team owners. That’s the difference.” Fort Worth Star-Telegram

August 3, 2014 Updates

In a lengthy e-mail that detailed the benefits of international basketball, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver told USA TODAY Sports, "I don't anticipate a major shift in the NBA's participation in international competitions. Of course, there's no doubt that this will be a hot topic at our next NBA Competition meeting in September and our Board of Governors' meeting in October and we will continue to evaluate the pros and cons of participating in international tournaments." USA Today Sports

USA Basketball, the NBA and FIBA are partners, and both FIBA and USA Basketball will continue to push for inclusion of all players regardless of age. "Basketball has unquestionably taken incredible strides since 1992 when NBA players began playing in the Olympics, not to mention, the jump many of our players have made in terms of ability, leadership and passion for the game by playing for their home countries," Silver wrote. "Injuries can happen any place at any time. The experiences our players have enjoyed by participating in their national teams, however, are ones that are unique and special in almost every other way." USA Today Sports

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban is an outspoken critic of sending NBA players to international events, reasoning the NBA pays the players' salaries and receives no financial benefit. When reached by e-mail on Sunday, Cuban replied, "Nothing to add. Nothing has changed. We are just as dumb today as we were ten years ago." USA Today Sports

Q: How disappointed would you be if you don’t make the team? DeMarcus Cousins: I would be crushed. Everyone knows how much I want to do this. This is my third year here (two with Select Team), and I don’t run from any challenge. I would be crushed, but I’m not a quitter. I would come back and try again. Sacramento Bee

August 2, 2014 Updates

In the wake of Paul George's gruesome leg fracture suffered Friday while on Team USA duty, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has renewed his call for the NBA and its players to organize their own quadrennial competition separate from the sport's international governing body. Long known as the NBA's most outspoken critic of international basketball, Cuban has again questioned when NBA teams allow their players to play for their national teams while taking on the bulk of the financial risk in the event of injury. ESPN.com

"The (International Olympic Committee) is playing the NBA. The IOC is an organization that has been rife with corruption, to the point where a member was accused of trying to fix an Olympic event in Salt Lake. The IOC (pulls in) billions of dollars. They make a killing and make Tony Soprano look like a saint. "The pros in multiple sports are smart enough to not play when they are eligible free agents. But teams take on huge financial risk so that the IOC committee members can line their pockets. "The greatest trick ever played was the IOC convincing the world that the Olympics were about patriotism and national pride instead of money. The players and owners should get together and create our own World Cup of Basketball." ESPN.com

Marc Stein: NBA deal w/FIBA states that its teams can't bar players from international comp unless there's "reasonable medical concern" going in. So that would suggest NBA teams won't be able to put up any more resistance to international play unless/until its deal with FIBA changes Twitter @ESPNSteinLine

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