Jul 29, 2012; London, United Kingdom; USA forward Kevin Durant (5) dunks during the men's basketball preliminary during the 2012 London Olympic Games at the Basketball Arena. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Dream A Little Longer: NBA, FIBA 'Unlikely' To Institute Age-Limit By 2016 Olympics

NBA owners are working with FIBA to turn the Olympics into an under-23 tournament, while creating a new World Cup that both would profit from. The players' union will be involved in deciding the rule.

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Players Will Make Voice Heard On NBA's Under-23 Olympic Idea

Billy Hunter, the chief of the NBA's players' union, said that players' voices will be heard as the NBA attempts to restrict the Olympics to players age 23 or under, according to USA Today's Jeff Zillgitt. Hunter sits on the board of USA Basketball, but the organization is seen as an offshoot of the NBA's commissioner's office. USA Basketball could change its own rules, getting around edits to the NBA collective bargaining agreement or uniform player contract, which would leave players out of the equation.

But if USA Basketball establishes the rule, other countries may not comply, which wouldn't help the NBA meet its goals. It could take action from FIBA to institute a global rule barring players over 23 in the Olympic men's basketball tournament.

Zillgitt reports that nothing is imminent. Jerry Colangelo, the head of USA Basketball, is expected to talk to stakeholders after the Olympics.

You can find a complete medal tracker at SI.com.

For more on the Olympics, check out SB Nation's London 2012 Olympics Hub. For more on Olympic basketball, follow the 2012 Olympic Basketball section.

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