The most sought after position in the basketball world gets filled in after a year. The new executive director of NBA happens to be a Washington, D.C. lawyer named Michele Roberts who gets stuck with the Age Limit issue of players. Despite the long list of tasks and responsibilities that awaits the attorney is the age limit question that was left hanging by the former NBA executive director. Negotiations are still ongoing regarding the issue and it’s a good idea to take a look at what basketball veterans have to say about it. Some people are asking their twitter followers and facebook fans through polls regarding with the said issue.
Mike Fratello, former NBA coach, says agents seem to have more power because they protect the young guys too much that their potentials can’t be gauged accurately. It is better tosee them play more than 35 games and actually see them compete with one another. One year doesn’t seem enough compared to the huge salary they can get when they turn into professional basketball players.
Derek Anderson, an 11-year NBA veteran who happens to be a University of Kentucky graduate, emphasizes the importance of education that a player can get before he turns into a professional. Basketball doesn’t last a lifetime so one might as well prepare for it. What happens to a player when his career ends after 10-15 years? If you got no education, the remaining years will turn into a struggle because you don’t know what to do unlike if you have a degree. A former player does not only struggle financially but also emotionally because he and his family are stuck with personality issues since they are not used to life out of the limelight.
Steve Smith, a14-year NBA veteran, collegiate and NBA TV analyst, thinks 21 is the appropriate age limit. College does not seem to be the right requirement but the age instead. Besides, a year or two in college won’t get you a degree and you are still a long way away from it.
Reggie Theus, former NBA player and coach, D-League coach and current coach of Cal State Northridge, say making a living something he approves of. He thinks that two years in college is enough. Everyone is just desperate to go somewhere else just like how it is in college and in the D-League.
Brendan Suhr, 25-year veteran NBA assistant coach and executive, director of program development for University of Central Florida, finds it a good idea to make sure that a player is sure about what he wants to do. It is all about an athlete’s readiness and maturity. Rushing things doesn’t seem right for these kids.