NBA Olympians Should Volunteer Or Stay Home

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By DERON SNYDER

Time is money, and charity begins at home. But those truths can be taken too far if there’s never time for serving and giving, free of charge. Participating on the U.S. Olympic basketball team is just one example.

All-Stars Ray Allen of the Boston Celtics and Dwyane Wade of the Miami Heat caused a brouhaha this week when they said that NBA players should be paid for competing in the Olympics. “You talk about the patriotism that guys should want to play for, but you [need to] find a way to entice the guys,” Allen told Fox Sports South on Tuesday.

Wade co-signed after Miami’s practice the next day. “I do think guys should be compensated,” he told reporters.

Wade quickly backed off on Thursday, perhaps in response to the rapid-fire backlash from across the country. He issued a statement — “I do not want to be paid to go to the Olympics” — and he went into further detail on his Twitter account.

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