Leading Off: NBA's top stars likely to play in Rio in '16

08/12/2012 12:00 AM

08/12/2012 3:51 PM

If you're a fan of NBA veterans dominating the Olympics, it looks like you'll have at least one more Summer Games to enjoy the United States whipping all comers.

On the eve of this morning's gold-medal game against Spain (7 a.m., Ch. 3), the head of basketball's governing body said he doesn't expect an age limit for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, squashing chatter that today might be the final appearance at the Olympics for the NBA's biggest stars.

FIBA secretary general Patrick Baumann told the Associated Press that potential rule changes have to be proposed this year, so it's "probably premature to make any changes to the Olympic program."

NBA Commissioner David Stern has quietly been pushing for a model like soccer, using a 23-and-under rule with three roster exceptions for older players. And at least one team owner, the Dallas Mavericks' Mark Cuban, has publicly questioned if it's in the best interests financially of the NBA and its owners to have the league's top stars showcased in the Olympics every four years.

If there had been a 23-and-under rule this year, you wouldn't have been able to watch LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul, Deron Williams and Tyson Chandler this morning. Nor would you have been able to see Pau and Marc Gasol play for Spain.

Tonight's prime time

Ch. 3, 7-10:58 p.m.

Closing ceremony

Locals watch

Keisha Baker, Fairfield, track and field: The sprinter didn't participate in Saturday's 4x400 relay final, won by the United States, but she earned a gold medal because she ran the first leg in Friday's first round.

Medal leaders

Team	G	S	B	T	

U.S. 44 29 29 102

China 38 27 22 87

Russia 21 25 32 78

Britain 28 15 19 62

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