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Why Do So Many NBA Stars Skip the Olympics?

Why Do So Many NBA Stars Skip the Olympics?

Kevin Durant is there; LeBron James isn’t. Draymond Green is there; Stephen Curry isn’t. James and Curry both declined to play in the 2016 Olympics, too, for example; Dwyane Wade withdrew his name from the 2012 roster; and so on. For athletes whose primary focus is making it to the NBA Finals, sacrificing rest and recovery time just isn’t worth the risk. The French team that just beat the U.S. boasts six current NBA players, including the Utah Jazz’s Rudy Gobert and the Boston Celtics’ Evan Fournier.

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