With a little less than two weeks until the start of the 2012 Summer Olympics, a lot of attention is being given to the USA men’s basketball basketball team. And why not, right? It’s got basketball’s biggest stars and, more interestingly, its biggest egos. Plus, the only other thing going on in the world of pro sports is baseball. (Unless you count the CFL, and, well, you know.) So news is slow.
But it’s not like Team USA will be the only Olympic squad featuring NBA players. The reality is that there are twice as many NBA players on teams that don’t start with U and end in A. Sure, most of them wouldn’t make the USA team even if they were eligible, but a few of them might.
So today I’m giving the NBA’s other Olympians their due with this list. It’s organized by country, moving from teams with the fewest NBA players to teams with the most. Sure, most of them wouldn’t make the USA team even if they could. But a few of them might. And they’ll still have a greater chance of winning an Olympic medal than you. (Unless you happen to be an Olympian, in which case congratulations.)
Anyway, let’s get started…