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PBT Extra: Talking age limit — why the owners want two years

Apr 4, 2012, 7:46 PM EDT

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On today’s edition of PBT extra you can comment on my opinion that the owners want two years but that it’s not fair to the handful of players who are truly ready to make the leap from high school (I want a system like college baseball), or Andrew Bynum and him needing to grow up.

Or, comment on the basketball cards behind me, my sweet grey jacket or whatever else interests you.

  1. jattsoorma - Apr 4, 2012 at 8:15 PM

    can we comment on how the video doesnt work?

  2. philliphernandez - Apr 4, 2012 at 10:01 PM

    The videos up. The hard part for the owners is that they want have their cake and eat it too. Two years to evaluate their performance and polishing of technique but no one wants to give up the opportunity to draft a transcendent player, especially a big. A two year requirement makes sense especially now with the D-League, and the extra year might make sense for most guys to get some common sense before they hit the NBA. On the other hand if you want to give a teenager a multimillion dollar contract let the buyer beware.

  3. iamanidiotfan - Apr 5, 2012 at 5:37 AM

    I asked this question in another article, and didn’t get an answer. Maybe someone can answer it for me.

    In hockey, an NCAA player can get drafted, and if the team thinks he’s ready they sign a contract and he can play in the NHL. If they don’t think he’s ready, they don’t have to sign him and he can stay in NCAA but the drafting team gets to keep his rights for a set period of time.

    It would seem, with all this concern over player development, that following hockey’s example would work. Draft a kid with the raw tools but leave him in the NCAA to develop until he’s ready to bring up to the NBA. Seems preferable to forcing a player to declare, give up his eligibility, and ride the pine for a few years before you know what you have. Also would make the NCAA a little deeper, with talented players coming back for another year.

    Is it just because Stern would never want to be seen following hockey, or are there specific rules preventing this?

    • Kurt Helin - Apr 5, 2012 at 10:24 AM

      It would take all the parties involved agreeing to this in the CBA. The challenge is getting the NCAA to agree to this as they want to protect their “amateur sports” status that nobody else buys (not with major sports, anyway).

      • iamanidiotfan - Apr 5, 2012 at 9:18 PM

        I was just looking at this article, with Boston College in the NCAA Frozen Four and that the NY Rangers will be able to sign their prospect Chris Kreider to a pro contract and have him join the team for the playoffs. The amateur argument re: basketball doesn’t seem to make much sense in light of the above article. I guess it’s a CBA problem. Thank you for answering though.

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