Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Greg Anthony plays the race card anyway

Greg Anthony says he doesn't believe racism is the reason that NBA raising the minimum age from 19 to 20, but he brought it up anyway during the discussion and that's all he talked about without offering alternative less incediary explanations on why the league raised the age requirement.

The perception--Anthony claims--is that this is going to hurt black kids who will be denied early entrance. But he forgets to mention that this age requirement also protects proven veterans who are mostly black.

Greg is right that NBA owners don't have to draft these kids right out of high school, but the NBA as a private business, and doing what's in it's best interest--also have a right to put age restrictions (NOT race restrictions) on it's potential employees.

I'd also be for abolishing the age requirements if it would benefit the league, but I just don't see it. The influx of young players coming into the NBA in the late 90s and early 2000 with low BBALL IQ and shitty fundamentals were hurting the league's product at that time. You can cherry pick HS guys like Kobe or KG to make your case, but overall the quality of NBA suffered because the league became younger and players were unready. For every Kobe, there's Kwame. Portland got screwed because former HSer Jermaine O'Neal took 6 long years before he blossomed in Indiana.

It's not as if college is the only option for these HS kids. There's overseas. There's the D-League.

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