Dwayne Wade says NBA players should be compensated for taking their summer offseason to play in the Olympics. The playoffs finish in June. That gives athletes from that season's best teams only a few weeks rest before training camp begins in July. Why shouldn't players get a piece of the financial profits that otherwise go into the pockets of -- wait, they're a nonprofit organization? -- whoops!

And it's not as if NBA players spend four years or longer trying to qualify to represent their country all while working part time at Home Depot to support their Olympic training efforts. Should NBA players get paid to be Olympians or be happy to represent their country?


Pay for play

It's been only in the past three decades that professionals were allowed to participate in the Olympic Games.

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Which group is more deserving of being paid?

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    18%
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    33%
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    49%

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USA gear

Have you ever bought an Olympic jersey?

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Which is a more valid argument for NBA players wanting to be paid for participating in the Olympics?

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    15%
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    58%
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    14%
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    13%

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Simply the best?

The United States has taken pride in being the Dream Team since professionals started playing in the '80s.

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How much do you care whether the NBA's best players are on the U.S. Olympic basketball team?

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    40%
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    25%
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    35%

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Risk vs. Reward

Sure, it's easy to say Olympic athletes shouldn't get paid, but would you be willing to give up the medal podium?

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Would you be willing to risk the United States not medaling in basketball rather than pay NBA players?

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    66%
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    34%

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What do you watch?

Michael Phelps overshadowed all other athletes and sports by winning eight gold medals in Beijing.

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Which of these Summer Olympics sports do you follow the most?

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    5%
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    13%
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    21%
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    22%
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    39%

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