In a statement Thursday, Wade said, "I do not want to be paid to go to the Olympics." Wade was quoted Wednesday saying he thinks "guys should be compensated" for playing over the summer and noted the schedule demands of being an Olympian."It's a lot of things you do for the Olympics -- a lot of jerseys you sell," Wade said after the Heat's practice on Wednesday in advance of Thursday's game against Chicago. "We play the whole summer. I do think guys should be compensated. Just like I think college players should be compensated as well.
HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: I can see it. Well, sort of.
I know USA Basketball pulls in the GDP of a developing country because of jersey sales. And those jersey sales are driven by superstars like Dwyane Wade.
So they may have a point. It’s a minor one, though.
(And to be fair, Wade backed off his original comment on Thursday, likely as a result of intense media pressure and fan backlash.)
Olympic movements are without a doubt corrupt and profit driven. And those little rings certainly cloak the true intent of making as much money as possible.
No system is perfect. Allen and Wade should suck it up and represent their country with pride, though. After all, the NBA is an American league, and America is the only country that would pay them so handsomely to play the game they love.
It`s the least they can do. Right now, Allen and Wade sound petty. They sound like they’re demanding money to play for their country.
This probably wasn’t their goal. But this is how both are coming across.
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