As the NBA's best American-born players tip-off against Great Britain at the beginning of their gold medal quest, Commissioner David Stern has ideas of his own about the future of Olympic basketball. Stern is interested in adopting a style similar to Olympic soccer, which is an under-23 competition with three overage player exceptions. While Kobe Bryant called it a blatantly stupid idea, their comments have sparked debate.
While the transition wouldn't take place until the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil here is what the roster would look like if the United States were fielding an under-23 team for the 2012 London Olympic Games.
*- Over-23 exception.
*Chris Paul- Paul finished first in assist-to-turnover ratio last season.
John Wall- Wall resembles a younger Westbrook with a weaker supporting cast.
Russell Westbrook- The Westbrook-Bryant dynamic would be the most interesting one to watch. One ball, two players, 40 minutes, only one can survive.