“I think you should be able to play in college without going to college classes,” the former head coach of the New York Knicks and Houston Rockets continued. “If education is not your thing, just play for that college; this antiquated notion of a student-athlete…”
But don’t most student-athletes play these sports to pay for their school? Most don’t become professionals.
“They can still do that if they choose, but they don’t have to. You don’t have to go to school; we’re not going to have you be in a Micky Mouse major if you do, we’re not going to perpetuate academic fraud to get you a fake degree. You either declare that you want to go to school and really be a student-athlete, or you can just go play for that school and that coach. I don’t think there should just be one track to play in college sports, especially as big money as they are.”
What about players like Gerald Green of the Phoenix Suns; do you think he would have been a better NBA player had he gone to college and gotten more structure and more of a foundation?
“No system is perfect. I don’t think anybody should tell another one how they can earn a living, or at what time or point. I understand why the NBA wants to control it because it gives their teams a better evaluation tool.”
“I understand, also, why some of these kids who don’t want to go to college or don’t belong in college [still go]. They shouldn’t, to me, be stopped from earning a living.”