Originally Posted by Jack Burton
I'll be rooting for them to lose, I think it would be funny considering how much money they get paid to play the game "professionally". It's not much of a team concept with USA basketball, it's all about the highlight material.
This kind of attitude irks me. 1. How much do they get paid to play for team USA? 2. If you could play the game well, would you play for 100 dollars a game just to play or would you play for the amount that a team is willing to pay you because fans will come out and watch you by the thousands? These players aren't just handed millions of dollars to go play how they want because they are greedy. They play well enough to help a professional team play and these teams are willing to pay them millions to help them win. That is made possible by the fact that millions of people are willing to pay, in some form, for the entertainment these athletes provide. Being an athlete on a high level isn't all just showing up for a couple hours to play a game either. Most athletes spend most of their waking hours trying to better themselves and staying in shape. Yeah, its not pencil pushing in a cubicle, but they have the talent to be in a profession that pays really really well. They may not "deserve" the money in your opinion, but then again, nobody "deserves" money. You earn it. They earned theirs by putting in the time and practicing constantly. They have a lot of natural ability as well, but there are a lot of people that are naturally better at math. They get good jobs like engineers and make more money than some also. I don't make much, but I don't hate people who make more than me. Maybe I'm just not an envious person.
I've yet to meet one person that wouldn't take the oppurtunity to make millions if it was offered to them. The reasoning might be different.