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Tyson Chandler no fan of the NBA’s age limit

Aug 4, 2011, 2:19 PM EDT

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Tyson Chandler jumped straight from high school to the NBA, the No. 2 overall pick in 2001. He and Eddy Curry were going to be the future of the Knicks. I don’t need to remind you how that went.

Chandler is why the owners like the age limit — he has developed into a very good NBA player, but it took time for him to get there. He had to mature, his game had to mature. NBA owners and management would love that development to happen on somebody else’s dime. Some guys never mature — see Curry — and the owners would love to have a better chance to figure that out.

Chandler, in a fascinating and wide-ranging interview at TrueHoop, says that the problem is teams see the talents but often struggle to see the person.

A lot of the young stars that have carried the torch for our league have come out of high school. Whether it’s Kobe Bryant, Kevin Garnett, Dwight Howard, LeBron James, you can go on and on.

I definitely think that whole talk about high school players not being responsible is untrue. You can have guys play four years of college and not make it in this league. You can have guys go four years in college and do something crazy. We see that every day.

I think it’s more the person, the character of the person, than it is the age. It’s in human nature, to hopefully get older, and get wiser through experience. But not everybody does that. I think it’s up to the person that’s investing their time and their money in the product, and in this case the product is basketball players and young men. I think it’s up to them, the decision to decide if they want to invest their money and time in a particular young man with a particular character. You take millions of dollars to scout and make these decisions. Let them earn their check.

I agree — predicting how an 18-year-old will mature is risky, but you can get a sense of work ethic, passion, drive of the person. Kobe had it, KG had it, Kwame Brown didn’t. And you should be able to see that. Don’t tell the 18-year-old who is ready he has to do something else for a couple years because you don’t make good decisions.

That said, I think it’s more likely the age limit goes up, not down, with the new labor agreement.

  1. blueintown - Aug 4, 2011 at 2:42 PM

    Tyson Chandler jumped straight from high school to the NBA, the No. 2 overall pick in 2001. He and Eddy Curry were going to be the future of the Knicks. I don’t need to remind you how that went.


    No, but I need to remind you that they were supposed to be the future of the Bulls.

  2. 00maltliquor - Aug 4, 2011 at 2:44 PM

    You mean future of the Bulls, broham. Come on Kurt, your better than that.

  3. colorblindxs2 - Aug 4, 2011 at 3:03 PM


  4. goforthanddie - Aug 4, 2011 at 3:19 PM

    Raise the NBA minimum to 21. Anyone younger can play elsewhere until they’re eligible. Anyone that wants to draft a youngster can stick them in the D-League until they qualify.

    • ptho16 - Aug 5, 2011 at 7:51 AM

      I actually don’t think this is a bad idea, will hurt college, but might be an interesting plan with a lot of NBA teams moving to have their own exclusive D-League team.

      • goforthanddie - Aug 5, 2011 at 12:49 PM

        Why go to college if your future is basketball? Do it like baseball, go straight from HS to the minors.

  5. trbowman - Aug 4, 2011 at 3:52 PM

    They need to allow high schoolers to make the jump to the NBA again.

    The constant one and dones is really hurting college ball.

  6. downtowndanny - Aug 5, 2011 at 2:08 AM

    screw that, you should have to play at least 2-3 years in school before going pro. if one and dones are hurting college, wouldn’t it be worse if they never even had to go? college ball used to be the shit, now the turnover rate is so high, it’s hard for a fan to get into any teams unless thats where they went to school. It’s actually pretty sad the way these players dont even value getting an education. I know some of them just aren’t studious but some of them need to keep their asses in school, get that free education and then go pro. who knows, they may even get an NCAA championship or two.

  7. mella21 - Aug 5, 2011 at 2:28 AM

    But doesn’t he think that these players jumping in younger and younger actually hurt the draft? It weakens it because teams that are looking for a player who can be of some help to them don’t get it, they get a HS senior.

    If there’s a low age limit then everyone’s just going to come out younger and younger, and that’s just going to make the draft a bunch of untrained, unskilled HS kids. Whats the point? The teams who need help should be able to get it via the draft, not wait 6 years for some kid to be useful to them.

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