But he shouldnt miss out on his education. (thats the only thing that worries me is that the kids that go straight up they tend to forget they should have an education!)
I think it should still be their choice whether to do it or not. Malalaki na yan to make their own decision. It's a free country. Let the player decide for themselves what they think is best for their future. And, in contrast, let the GM's decide themselves on whether to gamble on a teenager or to go for a college veteran.
There's a reason why you're not allowed to drink and gamble until you're 21
No, imposing an age limit sounds stupid... why should you restrict a player from the right to earn a living???
Originally Posted by nt_sport
But then again, there's the argument as Jermaine would put it, if you're allowed to join the army & go to war at age 18, why not play basketball? hehe...
Originally Posted by nt_sport
So now... we're talking about whether or not an 18 or 19-year old should or should not be allowed to earn millions. I'd say, must we wait for another Spencer Haywood case to come along?
Panda: WTH is with that new sig?!
O'Neal is right, if you have to fight for your country when you are 18 yrs. old, why can't you jump on the pros at 18???
Several people have made the comment that nobody is forcing NBA GMs to draft HS kids. Actually, I'd say that in a way, it has gotten to the point where they are forced/compelled to do so. Hear me out. When this was all a new thing, skipping college, there'd be maybe 1 or 2 guys in the draft out of HS. There would also be plenty of good college guys, so most GMs chose to play safe and pick the college guys.
But what's happened now is that the college game has become so strip-mined that there really aren't many good players to pick from at all. If you're a GM, and nothing good is left on the board (which in some cases becomes true in the very early teens now), you simply pick somebody with a lot of potential. Translation: high schooler.
Honestly, as a fan, I'm sick of every team having 2 guys just sitting on the bench because they're so young and stupid that they cannot contribute anything to a game. Send them to college or NBDL or something, and let them play, and let them come back able to contribute. It ruins both the college AND the pro game to have this happening.
The high school crap isn't just bad for the fans. It's also bad for GMs, who now are very often forced to make a decision on a guy who's done essentially nothing for 3 years, but now is eligible for a huge contract. Poster boy for this: the same Jermaine O'neal. The Blazers drafted him and groomed him for 3 long years. At the end of it, they lose him to the Pacers, and he luckily pans out. But the Blazers got essentially nothing for 3 years of guaranteed money.
If you are using the "nobody forced the GMs to draft the HS guys" line, you must be in favor of some other things, too. Removing the salary cap. Removing the 15% trade salary matchup. Those rules just get in the way, right? Why not let a GM make any trade they want? Nobody's putting a gun to the GM's heads....
Hmm, maybe those rules are there for a reason. Maybe sometimes we want to protect the owners and GMs from themselves, as well as discouraging young kids from making a bad decision.
Don't get me started about the comparisons to young soccer or tennis players. Those leagues do that because it simply isn't as bad for the game as this situation is for the NBA. If allowing high school age soccer players was starting to destroy FIFA soccer, you better believe they would do something about it. The reality is that those leagues aren't seeing these same problems, so they aren't seeking the same measures. What's good for one sport isn't always good for another. See also: salary caps -- whether to have them, their amount, et cetera.