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Why the NBA age limit is a good thing

Posted on: March 23, 2008 4:48 pm
Edited on: March 23, 2008 4:49 pm
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I posted this on a thread earlier, I just want this on record for future references.

For every LeBron, KG, Kobe, etc, you have 50 guys who came out of high school you've never heard of and were never drafted, only to have their lives ruined. Slimball agents are filling their heads with lies that they're good enough to be 1st round picks, so they sign with the agent and are now ineligable for NCAA play. Obviously they're not NBA material at the time, so they go undrafted, and can't play college ball. Since they're usually not smart enough to go to college and get an education, they are now screwed. Obviously by going straight to the draft, they think of it as a quick pay day, and a way to "get out of the hood" the easy way.

So now they can't play NCAA, they can't get into post secondary school, and they can't make the NBA. You're only choices are  to go through life working at McDonald's, go into the crime business, or abandon your family and give Europe a shot.

By making the age limit 20, you're giving these kids free education which most of them will end up using, and a chance to take baby steps in developing their game.

I bet Sebastion Telfair and Gerald Green wish they had to college for a year or 2.

P.S. Just for th record, I don't care if the age limit is 19 or 20, both are fine with me.

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Category: NBA
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Since: Jun 28, 2008
Posted on: June 30, 2008 10:17 am
 

Why the NBA age limit is a good thing

i got to agree with this,you make some good points,nice blog.



Since: Nov 26, 2006
Posted on: April 3, 2008 10:41 pm
 

Why the NBA age limit is a good thing

All I have to say is: Kwame Brown! Thank god we traded his sorry ass to the Grizz



Since: Nov 26, 2006
Posted on: April 3, 2008 10:40 pm
 

Why the NBA age limit is a good thing

All I have to



Since: Nov 26, 2006
Posted on: April 3, 2008 10:40 pm
 

Why the NBA age limit is a good thing

All I have



Since: Nov 26, 2006
Posted on: April 3, 2008 10:40 pm
 

Why the NBA age limit is a good thing

All I



Since: Feb 29, 2008
Posted on: March 26, 2008 7:16 am
 

Why the NBA age limit is a good thing

The NBA age limit was stupid at best.  First, they imposed it right after Lebron James came into the league.  Immediately any argument they had was outed as just pure prejudice at best.  Everybody talks about players needing to go to college to learn maturity.  I disagree.  You either have it or you don't.  Rasheed Wallace even went to UNC under Coach Dean, yet he's one of the biggest cry babies in the NBA.  Spreewell, Artest. . .just a few of the examples of good outcomes from college.  In fact, one could easily make the argument that the players coming out of high school are more mature than the players coming from college.  Who knows why, but it seems to me that some of the college players feel a sense of entitlement when they are drafted whereas the high school players seem much more humble and eager to learn.

Here's the bottom line:  If the players aren't worth it, then the owners and managers wouldn't draft them, plain and simple.  The NBA implemented its age limit even though they were drafting players straight out of high school at a record pace.  Looks like the REAL evaluators of NBA talent and potential seem to think that high school players are worth using draft picks on.  I say get rid of the age limit and let teams decide for themselves.  If they choose to draft a high school player, then they obviously think that is what is best for their team.  If they draft poorly they'll be out of a job.  Seems like this system already had proper checks and balances in it without an arbitrary age limit.  I mean, what's next, is David Stern going to try to change the basketball used in the NBA?

This whole age limit thing is just another example of collusion between professional and collegiate sports.  Why else would the NBA change their rules from an 18 year-old age limit to a 19 year-old age limit AND 1 year removed from high school.  Yeah, people really change from thugs to angels in 1 year of being worshipped like a God if they are good enough to go into the NBA.  They're banking on the amount of media pressure they can put on players who go to play college ball to not even dare thinking about leaving after 1 year.

Who knows, maybe Greg Oden might be in a different boat if he had gone straight to the NBA.  Probably would have had better athletic trainers to help keep his knees healthy.  Instead, he's had to undergo microfracture surgery and might not return to his true form.  Greg Oden. . .just the latest victim of David Stern's war against hip-hop culture.




Since: May 4, 2007
Posted on: March 25, 2008 11:52 pm
 

Why the NBA age limit is a good thing

That's what I meant, I just thought it would be more convient to say "21", then "3 years in college".



Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: March 25, 2008 9:43 pm
 

Why the NBA age limit is a good thing

The NFL age limit is not 21, the requirement is to have played three years in college. Amobi Okoye was eligible for the NFL as an 18 year old but chose to stay an extra year in college



Since: May 4, 2007
Posted on: March 25, 2008 4:54 pm
 

Why the NBA age limit is a good thing

Ok, if you want to say there should be no age limit at all, I at least cannot call you a hypocrite. However, I hope you have the same feeling for every sport (you know the age limit in the NFL is 21).



Since: Aug 14, 2006
Posted on: March 25, 2008 3:46 pm
 

Why the NBA age limit is a good thing

Crapper

I agree.

If a seventeen year old can drop out of school and fail at McDonalds, then they should be able to drop out of school and fail on Wall Street, in politics or in the NBA even if they are not 6' 7" and run and jump like a deer. And those who think otherwise watch way too much TV.



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