Blog Entry

Team USA and the Double Standard

Posted on: October 6, 2009 6:30 am
There has been a long standing debate as to whether professional teams should allow their players to compete internationally for their country of origin. However, this has led to a double standard of sorts. For example, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has denied his star player, Dirk Nowitzki, from playing for his home country of Germany. Which, to Germany, would be the equivalent of an NBA owner not allowing a LeBron James or a Kobe Bryant to play for Team USA. Could you imagine the public outcry, and subsequent media blasting if the Cleveland Cavaliers, or the Los Angeles Lakers decided not to allow LeBron James or Kobe Bryant to compete for their country as a part of Team USA? It is for this reason that the Lakers nor the Cavaliers would even dream of not allowing Lebron or Kobe to play for their country, however, Mark Cuban can stop Noitzki from playing for Germany and get virtually no criticism. Now I'm by no means saying that Dirk Nowitzki is as good as Lebron James or Kobe Bryant, however, all three would be considered the best at their sport from their own respective country. Now LeBron and Kobe do have the advantage of playing professionally in their country of origin, which is in itself the heart of this issue. Just because a player does not play professionally in their country of origin, should they not then be allowed to participate in what some consider to be the greatest honor of all, that is, to represent your country on a global stage? Just food for thought...
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