82533640 Should NBA Players Be Paid For The Olympics?

USA's Dwyane Wade shows his medal on the podium after the men's basketball gold medal match of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games on August 24, 2008 at the Olympic basketball Arena in Beijing. (credit: FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP/Getty Images)

NEW YORK (CBS SPORTS) – Playing for country has always been said to be one of the greatest honors a professional athlete can have. To wear your country’s colors with the chance to bring home a gold medal and hear your anthem played — there’s no pride greater. But by doing so, players risk injury, add miles onto their bodies and give up a lot of free time. While there’s certainly a lot of upside to playing for country, it’s not all gravy. And because of that, Ray Allen and Dwyane Wade both think there should be some added incentive.

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