Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has never been a fan of FIBA or the IOC, and in the wake of Paul George’s horrific leg injury, the billionaire believes the NBA needs to cut ties altogether with both organizations.
Cuban, according to ESPN.com, is calling for the NBA and its players to organize their own World Cup competition separate from the sport’s international governing body.
“The (International Olympic Committee) is playing the NBA. The IOC is an organization that has been rife with corruption, to the point where a member was accused of trying to fix an Olympic event in Salt Lake. The IOC (pulls in) billions of dollars. They make a killing and make Tony Soprano look like a saint.
“The pros in multiple sports are smart enough to not play when they are eligible free agents. But teams take on huge financial risk so that the IOC committee members can line their pockets.
“The greatest trick ever played was the IOC convincing the world that the Olympics were about patriotism and national pride instead of money. The players and owners should get together and create our own World Cup of Basketball.”
Cuban is a man whose principles revolve around money. His concern is about the player’s health, but he’s also interested in the bottom line and that’s keep dollars at home.