The NBA’s interest in pursuing an age ceiling for Olympic basketball is "unlikely” to be instituted in time for the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro, according to the source, who has direct knowledge of the talks involving the International Olympic Committee and FIBA, the international ruling body for basketball.
NBA commissioner David Stern has publicly floated the idea of establishing a maximum age for men’s basketball players of all countries at future Olympics that would mirror the rules of soccer, which requires that players in the Olympic tournament be no older than 23, with three exceptions (for players of any age) allowed per roster.
But the source stressed that quick action on an age limitation is highly unrealistic for FIBA. Passage of the new rule will require the ratification of 213 national basketball federations around the world — the sporting equivalent of the United Nations. The involvement of the IOC will further complicate the talks.
Greg Monroe is 22, so he’d be 26 by the next Olympics. It would be nearly impossible for him to deserve one of the three over-23 spots in 2016, but if there’s no age limit, he would likely be a decent contender for the roster.
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