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Gold Medal or NBA Championship?

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Gold Medal or NBA Championship?

If you were an NBA player, what would you rather have?


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NBA championship hands down.

NBA championship hands down. I don't know why, I've just never cared for the Olympics.

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NBA championship probably

NBA championship probably means more to American players. I mean the USA basically practices for 2-3 months and shows up at the olympics lol. Other teams prepare longer and have probably played with each other longer, so the sentimental value is way higher in other areas.

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ring over medal

ring over medal

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A medal. Winning a ring could

A medal.

Winning a ring could mean you were just DJ MBenga riding the coattails of great players. Winning a gold medal means you are a top player in the entire world.

Now if it's Finals MVP + Championship or a gold medal, that's a different story.

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yeah, A medal, its the

yeah, A medal, its the Olympics!!

only happens once every four years, it is where the greatest of the world play,

every team goes on the task of qualifying for it, 4 years of playing FIBA sanctioned games just to qualify, even the governments of each country is spending to train the youth,

what makes the USA ahead of the pack is becuase of the level of competition, USA's highschool players can be PRO players on other countries,

but, with the conclusion of the London Olympics, it showed that Basketball on other countries are on the Rise, like the Dominican Republic and Russia, with more time, The whole world can catch up with the USA

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Great question.

Like Y2G I don't care that much for the olympics but I'll say olympic gold because it's representing your whole country and not just a city.

I wouldn't say it's harder/longer for an olympic medal though - just ask many of the 2011 Mavs championship team, or Barkley, Stockton & Malone etc. It really depends on exactly who you are and your roles.

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As an American

If I were talented enough to be selected for US Olympic team, I would not be a role player on my NBA team. Inwould much rather win NBA title as a star than be a gold medal winner in Olympics.

In my mind being best NBA team means you probably beat teams in playoffs better than many Olympic teams... not picking on them but don't you imagine most NBA Playoff teams could beat a lot of countries national team...... Bracing for Attack by Europeanballer but I am convinced almost every NBA playoff team could easily beat Greece National team.

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If you're US born, then NBA

If you're US born, then NBA championship, definitely.

If you're from outside of the US, then probably a gold medal, because it would mean beating the Dream Team.

It isn't really that difficult for the US to win the Olympic basketball; although teams are making advances it's still a more or less one-sided affair. An NBA championship is a LOT more difficult to come by. I wonder what Charles Barkley and Malone would say if you asked them which they would prefer.

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ask manu ginobli he has both

ask manu ginobli he has both or carlos delfino he has one but no NBA championship, I would say that you guys are right that international players would chose the gold medal and the Americans would take being a role player on an NBA championship team as pposed to being a star at the olympics(I know it wont happen with team USA, but just hypothetically if you offered that to any american kid he would chose to be a role player.

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An NBA championship means

An NBA championship means more to americans

not only that; an NBA championship is much harder to get

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An NBA chamionship is much

An NBA chamionship is much harder to get for Americans

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Ring. Every answer you could

Ring.

Every answer you could think of has pretty much been said, but you don't ever hear a player base their legacy off of a Olympic gold medal, they also say they want/need that NBA ring.

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Rings

If your a star player and US born your gonna be gunning for that ring .... an Olympic gold medal is a given if you make team USA ... it's almost an open and shut case unless your from that 2004 team hahaha ... but i think a lot of great players missed out on rings because they played in an era which was dominated by 1 team ... Ewing, Malone, Stockton, Reggie, Barkley if you ask them i think they would trade all there medals for rings ..

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For most Europeans...... FIBA

For most Europeans......

FIBA World Cup gold > Olympics gold > EuroBasket gold > NBA/Euroleague championship (seen as the same)

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The only way i would take a

The only way i would take a gold medal over a ring is if i was winning that ring 12th man on the bench style. Guys like jason caffey have rings, only the 12 best a country can muster up (usually) can win a gold medal regardless of their role on a team

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Gotta say getting a

Gotta say getting a Championship is more rewarding. not to say representing your country isnt a great experience but the U.S barely puts much effort into competing for Gold while other teams do. Winning an NBA championship is quite the accomplishment and i believe means more to these NBA players. Iggy just won a gold medal, but im sure if he could, he would easily trade that to put himself in a position to win an NBA title, these days they mean more and are very much worthwhile.

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