The difference between an Olympic gold medal and a NBA championship ring is a discussion that comes around every four years. In an ideal world, most players would win both, but that's not how life works.
Sadly for a number of the greatest players in history - Charles Barkley, John Stockton, Patrick Ewing for example - not all players can win a championship, but the Olympics offers players the chance to enjoy some success away from the NBA.
Carmelo Anthony is a guy who has taken full advantage, winning two golds and aiming for a third in Rio having enjoyed little to no joy in his day job. He received criticism the other day for insisting he would be happy to retire with three golds and no ring - quotes he insists were taken out of context.
His international teammate DeAndre Jordan took it to another level by claiming the prize that comes once every four years is above the achievement of topping the NBA as it feels more 'special'. There will be people that disagree with him, but representing your country is a different kind of achievement.
"I think they're above NBA rings," Jordan said. "I may get in trouble for saying that, but I believe that. I feel like this is more special. You're not just playing teams in the U.S. You're playing teams from all over the world. And this is even more special because there's an NBA champion crowned every year, but this is every four years.
"You've got to really think about that, man, because it's extremely special."
Players such as Michael Jordan, LeBron James and Kobe Bryant got to experience the joy of both, but that doesn't diminish the pride they felt in representing their nations. However, ask them if they'd sacrifice their ring for a medal, and you probably already know the answer.
Jordan has never really come close to winning a title, but the Olympics would be a good filler.