Report: London could be last Olympics with NBA stars

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Wednesday June 20th, 2012

The days of seeing LeBron James, Kobe Bryant and the NBA's best in the Olympics may be coming to a quick end. (Garrett Ellwood/NBA/Getty Images)

London could be the last time we see NBA stars playing in the Olympic Games, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports. 

Wojnarowski reports that Stern is in favor of a having an under-23 team compete in the Olympics with the NBA's biggest stars playing in a separate world championship.

Stern says the NBA will take time to deliberate how it will proceed in the future, but multiple league and international sources insist there’s little chance the league will ever send its best players to the Summer Olympics beyond the 2012 London Games. The NBA has long wanted to best protect its financial investments in players by better controlling the medical and training staffs used in international competition.

Currently, the IOC controls the Olympic basketball tournament and the majority of the revenue it generates.

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