Patriotism is one thing, loyalty another
David Stern really believes in the Olympic Ideal, which is why he wears his Doctor Octopus suit when the topic of the NBA getting out of the Games comes up. He has too much time, energy and market share invested to fold 'em now.
Still, the NBA has so many more important fish to fry these days that the players' performance in Athens is purely Page Eight stuff. They either win and everyone yawns, or they lose and everyone yawns because the best and the brightest decided to chill back home.
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