DALLAS -- How ancient is Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban's opposition to the risk of NBA players participating in the Olympics? It predates Dirk Nowitzki's present conditioning concerns. It predates this decade. It predates Rodrigue Beaubois' international injury issue. Heck, the subject is so time-worn that when Cuban first broached it, Roddy B was 14 years old. It's been around so long that Don Nelson once said Cuban's belief shows he is unpatriotic.
"Why are we giving our most valuable manpower to a huge business, the Olympics, so they can try to take revenue away from the NBA and our partners?" Cuban protested. "Where is the logic in any of this?"
When did Cuban say that? In 2004.
The Mavs owner is touching on the subject again this week and is creating yet another wave of discussion regarding whether highly-paid pros should be eligible for the Olympics, which can put them at injury risk and hurt them as assets to the franchises that pay them.
"I really don't care what...