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.