Dwayne Wade says NBA players should be compensated for taking their summer offseason to play in the Olympics. The playoffs finish in June. That gives athletes from that season's best teams only a few weeks rest before training camp begins in July. Why shouldn't players get a piece of the financial profits that otherwise go into the pockets of -- wait, they're a nonprofit organization? -- whoops!
And it's not as if NBA players spend four years or longer trying to qualify to represent their country all while working part time at Home Depot to support their Olympic training efforts. Should NBA players get paid to be Olympians or be happy to represent their country?
Pay for play
It's been only in the past three decades that professionals were allowed to participate in the Olympic Games.
Have you ever bought an Olympic jersey?
Simply the best?
The United States has taken pride in being the Dream Team since professionals started playing in the '80s.
Risk vs. Reward
Sure, it's easy to say Olympic athletes shouldn't get paid, but would you be willing to give up the medal podium?
What do you watch?
Michael Phelps overshadowed all other athletes and sports by winning eight gold medals in Beijing.