Players Should Have Freedom To Go Pro When Time is Right For Them
by Coach K
If the NBA age limit centers around allowing these young men an opportunity to mature in college than the NBA should input programs to do just that. This is America and if a young man wants to skip college for the professional ranks, he should be allowed to do so. Spending 2 or 3 years does not guarantee you will be responsible in the NBA. If we are really concerned about these young men then implement programs to help with their transitioning.
As for the age limit helping the longevity of older players, this is a profession! As a fan I want to see the best product regardless of age. If you're good enough to make the team so be it. I always wonder why is basketball the only sport concerned about young men going to college. No other sport has rules debated on every year about guys leaving too early.
A good education does not guarantee financial success. (FYI,we're still in a recession and unemployment among blacks is the highest.) A rookies salary could pay for 4 yrs and grad school, yet we're saying delay that because you may or may not be responsible enough.
Any individual choosing to go pro should be able to do just that, whenever the time is right.