If you were a basketball player, would you rather win an NBA championship or an Olympic gold medal?
The championship comes around every year, the Olympics every four. There are far fewer Olympians wearing medals for representing the USA in basketball than there are NBA players wearing championship rings.
To me, THAT makes the Olympics a more distinguished honor.
Richmond has a point
Both. Kobe Lebron have both
Dogsaver... It would be far more pathetic to not put our best athletes in the Olympics... You are dumb
A ring is WAYYY harder to get.
You get paid more for the basketball championship. But you get worldwide fame for a gold medal.
It's pathetic that we sent pro basketball players to play in the olympics! Even more so, is that they are having trouble winning! Pathetic!
The fact that this was so close is insane. In the NBA you are playing against the best competition money can buy. In the Olympics you are playing against everyone who couldn't make the NBA.
Hey, I play basketball and an Olympic medal falls so far above the NBA (in my case WNBA) ring. It's international! You're the best team IN THE WORLD.
Anyone who actually knows or plays the sport would answer "ring."
Well the map clearly shows where true patriotism lies, all other "patriot" banter is just politics plain and simple.
Where de ring dud.
Ring no doubt. Olympic basketball is better than it once was, but NBA players want and need rings to be the best in the world.
If you are from the USA and selected for the Olympic team, money is certainly not your driving factor. It's all about the honor of winning for your country. Go for the gold.
Usually the best is selected to go for the gold, but you can sit on the bench all year and still get a ring
Ring by a ridiculous mile
One ring leads to more sometimes, and you can win a lot more rings then medals
I'm all about the gold, baby!
Winning the NBA championship means beating the second best team in the world. Winning basketball at the Olympics means beating a team that may not even be average for the NBA with a team that might not be better than average for the NBA. The Olympics is not the pinnacle of many team sports.
SHOW ME THE MONEY - - - Ring.
Team sports are just not as good in the Olympics. Gold medal is amazing for individuals
You get paid more for NBA and drcynic is right, no one remembers gold medalist anyways.
To make the Olympic team essentially means you're one of the top athletes in that sport. To medal means you're one of the top in the world.
No one really remembers most gold medalists anyway.
Karl Malone, John Stockton, Charles Barkley, Patrick Ewing. Four players who have a gold medal but no championship ring. There's no doubt in my mind that they'd trade one for the other if they could.
No one believes a gold medal in basketball is achieving the highest level of the sport; a ring is, thus more important.
Money aside, a medal would be cooler. Plus the entire Olympic experience.
Well, the NBA championship lasts a year and the Olympics is every 4 years so I think winning a gold medal has more honor than winning a ring.
A ring. I'd like the money instead of a gold.
In the NBA you're playing against the best in the world anyway. Other countries just don't provide the same competition. Then there's the money aspect.
Better completion in the nba. If you can win here, you can win anywhere else
Gold means your the best jn the world. I'd rather have the pride then some extra cash,
$25k for a gold medal, or millions to be in the NBA? Duh. NBA title for sure.
If i was in the olympics it would be for Hungary so a gold in basketball would mean way more than a ring.
well if you win an Olympic gold it means your one of the top players in the Nba ..... who knows if you win a ring you could be the worst on the team .... so gold for me
Ring means way more money and that is all that matters.
It's easier for American basketball players to win hold than the ring