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The bigger impact for the Americans could come in the future, if fear of injuries causes top players to decline to play. Some NBA executives have long argued against the risk of having their players compete in international tournaments, though Colangelo points to its benefits, noting how players such as Rose and Dwyane Wade had their best seasons after suiting up for the U.S.

Bird, who played on the 1992 Dream Team, made clear where the Pacers stood.

“We still support USA Basketball and believe in the NBA’s goals of exposing our game, our teams and players worldwide,” he said. “This is an extremely unfortunate injury that occurred on a highly visible stage, but could also have occurred anytime, anywhere.”