NBA Legend: Entry Age Should Be 21
NBA Legend Kareem Adbul-Jabbar has words for the NBA on the entry age for kids to coming into the league. Abdul-Jabbar states that the age should be 21 years. He also expressed how he feels on young kids coming out to Yahoo Sports.
“They get precocious kids from high school who think they’re rock stars— ‘Where’s my $30 million?’ ” said Abdul-Jabbar, who was in Omaha to speak at the B’nai B’rith sports banquet. “The attitudes have changed, and the game has suffered because of that, and it has certainly hurt the college game.”
As we all know the NBA back in 2005 changed the entry age to 19 years. This meant that we knew guys that would obviously jump from high school to the pros would go to a school play one year then leave early.
“Those players are still too young,” Abdul-Jabbar said, “and many deprive themselves of the emotional and physical maturity necessary to meet on- and off-the-court challenges.”
He even goes on to talk about LeBron James:
“even “King James” would have benefited from college. ”
“He would have come into the professional ranks very polished, given his innate gifts,” Abdul-Jabbar said. “Having to go through a college system would have made him a total gem as soon as he stepped out of the college ranks.”
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