Indiana Pacers superstar Paul George suffered a gruesome leg injury during a Team USA scrimmage in Las Vegas. George’s leg visibly snapped in half, and has ruled him out for the entire 2014-15 season.
NBA teams take a lot of risk in letting their players compete on the international stage without a lot to benefit from it. Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has always been a vocal opponent of NBA players competing in international play and has spoken up again in the wake of George’s injury.
“I think it’s a bigger issue than star players,” Cuban said Saturday night, via the Dallas Morning News. “We are being taken advantage of by the IOC (International Olympic Committee) and to a lesser extent FIBA (International Federal Basketball Association).
“We take on an inordinate amount of financial risk for little, if any, quantifiable gain. It’s like our guiding principle is to lose money on every game and make it up in volume. There is no logic to our position. (We) just hope we get value somewhere in the future.”