Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban criticized how the NBA allows its players to compete in international competition while assuming all the financial risk.
Cuban's comments to ESPN.com on Saturday stem from the serious leg injury sustained by Indiana Pacers forward Paul George on Friday night during Team USA's showcase game in Las Vegas as it prepares for the FIBA World Cup.
"My thoughts go out to Paul," Cuban said. "I really feel for him."
Cuban was critical of the NBA's agreement with FIBA, which stipulates that only players can refuse their country's invitation to play for its national team except for a "reasonable medical concern." The San Antonio Spurs invoked that clause last week to prevent guard Manu Ginobili from representing Argentina at the World Cup later this month because of lingering effects from a stress fracture.
"The (International Olympic Committee) is playing the NBA," Cuban said. "The IOC is an organization that has been rife with corruption, to the point where a member was accused of trying to fix an Olympic event in Salt Lake. The IOC (makes) billions of dollars. They make a killing and make Tony Soprano look like a saint.
"The pros in multiple sports are smart enough to not play when they are eligible free agents. But teams take on huge financial risk so that the IOC committee members can line their pockets.
"The greatest trick ever played was the IOC convincing the world that the Olympics were about patriotism and national pride instead of money. The players and owners should get together and create our own World Cup of Basketball."
Cuban is the only NBA owner who has been outspoken about wanting players to skip international competition in the summer and has voiced similar criticism over the years.