Stern also wants to discuss whether NBA players should continue to play in the Olympics or if there should be an age cutoff. He admits the “Dream Team” that won gold in the 1992 Barcelona Games and helped grow the game globally was a good move, but he sees merit in questions raised by often-controversial Dallas owner Mark Cuban and his peers about their players risking injury in the process. “Usually when Mark says something, I try to go the other way,” Stern joked, “but actually when he is right about something – he may actually be right and here I think he actually has a point. I really do.”
In what could turn out to be a prelude to a gold-medal matchup in the 2012 London Olympics, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James will lead Team USA against rival Spain in an exhibition on July 24 in Barcelona, sources told Yahoo! Sports. The game will be played at 3:30 p.m. ET in the Palau Sant Jordi mountainside arena, and promises to be a spectacular, intense scene.
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Mike Cristaldi, director of public relations of the Wolves, confirmed to ARA that David Khan, general manager in Minneapolis, and Tony Ronzone, assistant general manager, will travel to Barcelona next week. In addition to watch the Final Four to be held at Palau Sant Jordi, they want to close the deal so Ricky Rubio (Regal Barça) can play for coach Kurt Rambis next season.
If Ricky Rubio stays, Barcelona will have to pay him 1.6 million euros ($2.2 million). This year he earns a lot less – 400,000 euros ($560,000).
Marc Gasol: If there’s a long lockout I would consider coming back and Barcelona would be an option because Barcelona is my city and my friends are there.