Should they eliminate basketball from the olympics?

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    Aug 04, 2012 3:58 PM GMT
    Anybody feel sorry for Lithuania today? Anyone? icon_lol.gif
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    Aug 04, 2012 6:03 PM GMT
    DEKIRUMAN saidYes,

    And we should Eliminate science and math because Japan and Korea make us feel bad.


    I dont think sports are removed because one team is consistenly good at it, it gets removed when the reason that country dominates is because they are the only country where the sport is a big game so they kind of win by default.

    As for basketball other than the USA where else is it big? Where else are the events are as televised and viewed as the NBA? (that was a genuine question i'm not trying to imply anything)
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    Aug 04, 2012 6:09 PM GMT
    Is everyone else not a professional at their sport? You're telling me those gymnasts are amateurs?

    Absolutely not. Dumb question. Also, you're American, right? Don't feel bad for Nigeria. Dominating everything is what we do. If you really wanted to make it "fair," just take the US out of the Olympics.
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    Aug 04, 2012 6:10 PM GMT
    AMoonHawk saidYes because they used paid professionals. Using paid professional for the Olympics is not in the spirit of what the Olympics represents. Professional Basketball already has their prizes.
    ha ha ha sir so does every other country. please come up with another excuse. also most of the sports in the olympics are performed by paid athletes.
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    Aug 04, 2012 6:11 PM GMT
    karson said
    DEKIRUMAN saidYes,

    And we should Eliminate science and math because Japan and Korea make us feel bad.


    I dont think sports are removed because one team is consistenly good at it, it gets removed when the reason that country dominates is because they are the only country where the sport is a big game so they kind of win by default.

    As for basketball other than the USA where else is it big? Where else are the events are as televised and viewed as the NBA? (that was a genuine question i'm not trying to imply anything)
    actually basketball is big in europe. they tons of european leagues.
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    Aug 04, 2012 6:16 PM GMT
    Velociraptor saidIs everyone else not a professional at their sport? You're telling me those gymnasts are amateurs?

    Absolutely not. Dumb question. Also, you're American, right? Don't feel bad for Nigeria. Dominating everything is what we do. If you really wanted to make it "fair," just take the US out of the Olympics.


    You're certainly right about that. Any elite gymnast who has no plans of trying out for NCAA is usually a pro. All of the Fab 5 are pro except Kyla Ross. I think she's still considering NCAA, but she hasn't made a decision yet.
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    Aug 04, 2012 6:23 PM GMT
    This is like saying Michael Phelps shouldn't have been allowed to swim in these Olympics because he was too dominant in 08. Which is stupid because the Olympics should be the best athletes from every country competing to be the best in the world.

    And if the rules change to not allow professionals to compete, this would affect every other country even more than it would affect the US. In every other country they wouldn't be able to play their best players in their 20's who are professionals and, everywhere abroad, all the best young players go pro as early as 15. It would turn Olympic basketball into the best college players in the US against the mediocre players of other countries.
  • NashRugger

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    Aug 04, 2012 6:25 PM GMT
    Yes.

    They've had basketball for how many years yet rugby doesn't come back until 2016 in Rio?! Enough said
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    Aug 04, 2012 8:42 PM GMT
    What? No rugby in London 2012? Why are they even having the Games there, then?
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    Aug 04, 2012 8:48 PM GMT
    Who would Lithuania prefer to be scaring the hell out of in the Olympics... LeBron James... or LeBryan Nash?
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    Aug 04, 2012 9:10 PM GMT
    dayumm saidWhat? No rugby in London 2012? Why are they even having the Games there, then?

    It would've been perfect had they brought rugby 7s back this year, being as it would make its Olympics comeback in the birthplace of the sport.
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    Aug 04, 2012 9:23 PM GMT
    canuckguy74 saidthey will not get rid of basketball but there is a movement to look at not allowing paid professionals participating in olympic sports, the difference with team USA is that it is completely made up of NBA players where other countries have 2 or 3 NBA players with the rest of the team made up of "amateur" players


    Just because those other teams only have 3-4 NBA players doesn't mean their other players aren't pros. There are professional basketball leagues all over the world now, including the middle east and south America.

    And trust me, athletes in sports without professional leagues can earn buttloads of money through sponsorships, endorsements and appearance fees.

    You think Usain Bolt, from Jamaica, doesn't make a buttload of money? If the athletes are good, they are making bank, even the ones from backwoods countries like Canada.
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    Aug 08, 2012 7:56 AM GMT
    AMoonHawk saidAnother event they should take out is trampoline .... I'm sorry, but jumping on a trampoline is just fun, that is not an olympic event

    The guy from China is named Dong Dong. I guess Ding Dong was taken?
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    Aug 08, 2012 8:23 AM GMT
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    AMoonHawk saidAnother event they should take out is trampoline .... I'm sorry, but jumping on a trampoline is just fun, that is not an olympic event


    LOL! I actually agree with this, because many of the Olympic spots that artistic gymnastics used to occupy were sacrificed when trampoline was added to the Olympics in 2000. Gymnastics is allotted only so many participants across artistic gymnastics, rhythmic gymnastics, and trampoline.


    Trampoline is just a different type of gymnastics... I don't see the difference.

    Although highly athletic, I'm skeptical about such "aesthetic" disciplines, as the judging seems very subjective.

    This might seem provocative (and it is), but I'd rather get rid of these artistic disciplines, including diving, synchronized swimming and equestrian (it belongs in a circus).

    Shooting w an electric gun is just boring (get rid of shooting too).

    The olympics need more honest, head on competition... or at least measurable competition.

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    Aug 08, 2012 8:45 AM GMT
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    Velociraptor saidIs everyone else not a professional at their sport? You're telling me those gymnasts are amateurs?

    Absolutely not. Dumb question. Also, you're American, right? Don't feel bad for Nigeria. Dominating everything is what we do. If you really wanted to make it "fair," just take the US out of the Olympics.


    You're certainly right about that. Any elite gymnast who has no plans of trying out for NCAA is usually a pro. All of the Fab 5 are pro except Kyla Ross. I think she's still considering NCAA, but she hasn't made a decision yet.


    In the big team sports most of the players are professionals, but I still think overall there are more amateurs in the olympics.

    Most of the athletes in smaller sports (at least from my country) live quite modest lives in order to make ends meet. It's difficult to find sponsors and money, and at the same time they need to train many hours a day.
    It's expensive to qualify for the olympics, travelling to qualifying tournaments for years, if there's not a strong federation or government to back you financially.
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    Aug 08, 2012 9:41 AM GMT
    Basketball will never go away, its a amazing sport. Yes Nigeria got beat really bad but Lithuania almost beat them so there is still competition out there.
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    Aug 13, 2012 10:35 PM GMT
    Not a fan of basketball period. Shoot hoops at the gym sometimes but otherwise don't care. especially when stupid fans fly sport flags on their cars in between flying the Mexican flag the rest of the time and then riot after games and destroy the neighborhood.
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    Aug 13, 2012 10:53 PM GMT
    They can eliminate basketball if they eliminate ping pong.
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    Aug 13, 2012 10:59 PM GMT
    come to think of it - i don't care

    athletics is the only sport worth watching so all the other pretenders may do as they please.
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    Aug 13, 2012 11:11 PM GMT
    Not hating but, have you seen some of the other sports that we consider Olympic sports?
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    Aug 14, 2012 8:05 PM GMT
    Maybe Nigeria needs to have their players practice more.
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    Aug 14, 2012 8:09 PM GMT
    The yardstick I use for this question is this:

    If you can't use a it to get away from a lion, then it has no business being in the Olympics.
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    Aug 14, 2012 8:42 PM GMT
    now they are looking into making basketball limits like players have to be under 23, or over 35...also might introduce 3 on 3 as a demonstration sport in Rio
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    Aug 14, 2012 8:45 PM GMT
    CuriousJockAZ saidThe Olympics should represent the very best athletes in the world in each sport, so I have no problem with paid professionals being part of any Olympic team. As for basketball being eliminated...no way!!!


    100% agree
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    Aug 14, 2012 10:46 PM GMT
    No, basketball should not be taken out from the Olympics.
    But ALL Olympians should be amateurs, as was originally intended. Therefore the tennis at Wimbledon should be given a thorough makeover. The final was played between Andrew Murray and Roger Federer, both professionals.
    Also, golf should stay out, soccer players should be all amateur, and I have a question mark over equestrian sports and shooting, as both of these do not test the partaker's body condition.