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Should the minimum age for going to the NBA be 21 ?
Interesting article here, quoting Kareem Abdul-Jabaar.    Now, he is certainly 'old school', but he does raise some excellent points.     How many times do we see these hot-shot incoming rookies, who seem to think they're entitled to the world, and end up with problems or not as successful as they could/should be ?

sports.yahoo.com/nba/news

So I ask the 'Collective Q', what are your thoughts on this topic ?

(Lastly, just a coincidence, but here's Kareem with my Denise Milani as well !!)

Should the minimum age for going to the NBA be 21 ? Photo
| Closed on 06/12/10 at 05:00PM
FanIQ Pts? No | NBA | Multiple Choice Opinion Poll
Team Breakout:
22 Fans 
32%a. I agree, the minimum age should be 21
18%b. It's a free country; there should be no minimum
9%c. It should stay where it is now, at 19
14%d. I truly don't care
27%e. Thanks for the picture of Denise Milani, Keeter !

  
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#1 | 1588 days ago

Mmmmmmmmmilani !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!                
I agree, the minimum age should be 21  
#2 | 1588 days ago

(Edited by ojekeme1)
I'm not against making a rule that a young man has to be 21. The college game really has suffered. With the NCAA pressing the student part of student-athlete more firmly and programs losing scholarships as a result of these prima-dona's who come in and only study long enough to compete then stop attending classes having to be a real student like the rest of us had/have to be would be good. it instills discipline for one.

Party all night or study for that econ final? hmmmm. If failure meant not playing your junior season (the money season) and possibly winding up being undrafted as apposed to a lottery pick then I think we all know what 90 of those young men would do. In all honesty I believe that other 10% would wind up being the malcontents and general Kcuf ups that we see today in sports anyway; but, this way you find out before you drop 15 mil on a kid.

Lastly a minor league system for the scholastically challenge would be a great idea. It would give them an introduction to big time basketball and allow them to round out their game's. The Malone's Garnetts and Lebrons of the world are far and few in between. Most 17/18 year old kids are not ready to step in and be a factor every night in the NBA. 

Of the worlds 5 biggest sports American style football (NFL & CFL) and the NBA are the only two without a "minor league" system. Okay I know that the NFL had that failed World League thing and the NBA has the D-League. But in Canada and Europe the Jr. hockey system is how you get noticed. In Euro league Basketball and in Soccer teams have what would equate to our Freshman, JV and Varsity levels with their pro clubs. And, who in America (other than NY) does not have a minor league baseball team in their community. I mean they have rookie ball, short season A ball, full season A ball, AA ball, and AAA ball. There's like 1,000,000 professional baseball players in the US.
Thanks for the picture of Denise Milani, Keeter !  
#3 | 1588 days ago

ojekeme1 wrote:
I'm not against making a rule that a young man has to be 21. The college game really has suffered. With the NCAA pressing the student part of student-athlete more firmly and programs losing scholarships as a result of these prima-dona's who come in and only study long enough to compete then stop attending classes having to be a real student like the rest of us had/have to be would be good. it instills discipline for one.

Party all night or study for that econ final? hmmmm. If failure meant not playing your junior season (the money season) and possibly winding up being undrafted as apposed to a lottery pick then I think we all know what 90 of those young men would do. In all honesty I believe that other 10% would wind up being the malcontents and general Kcuf ups that we see today in sports anyway; but, this way you find out before you drop 15 mil on a kid.

Lastly a minor league system for the scholastically challenge would be a great idea. It would give them an introduction to big time basketball and allow them to round out their game's. The Malone's Garnetts and Lebrons of the world are far and few in between. Most 17/18 year old kids are not ready to step in and be a factor every night in the NBA. 

Of the worlds 5 biggest sports American style football (NFL & CFL) and the NBA are the only two without a "minor league" system. Okay I know that the NFL had that failed World League thing and the NBA has the D-League. But in Canada and Europe the Jr. hockey system is how you get noticed. In Euro league Basketball and in Soccer teams have what would equate to our Freshman, JV and Varsity levels with their pro clubs. And, who in America (other than NY) does not have a minor league baseball team in their community. I mean they have rookie ball, short season A ball, full season A ball, AA ball, and AAA ball. There's like 1,000,000 professional baseball players in the US.
Lastly a minor league system for the scholastically challenge would be a great idea.

That IS a great idea.  But the NCAA would be dead set against it.  And why should the NBA fund it when they have colleges doing it for them?

Personally, I don't like guys too stupid to get into college getting in only because they can dunk a basketball.  The scholarships should be there as a means for those who QUALIFY ACADEMICALLY but cannot afford to go otherwise.  Not for dolts who dribble on the court as well as they dribble out their mouths.
It's a free country; there should be no minimum  
#4 | 1588 days ago

ML31 wrote:
Lastly a minor league system for the scholastically challenge would be a great idea.

That IS a great idea.  But the NCAA would be dead set against it.  And why should the NBA fund it when they have colleges doing it for them?

Personally, I don't like guys too stupid to get into college getting in only because they can dunk a basketball.  The scholarships should be there as a means for those who QUALIFY ACADEMICALLY but cannot afford to go otherwise.  Not for dolts who dribble on the court as well as they dribble out their mouths.
I've always wondered how you could attend 4 years of college and sound like a common street thug.
Thanks for the picture of Denise Milani, Keeter !  
#5 | 1582 days ago
Anthonyg7575 (+)

(Edited by Anthonyg7575)
MLB baseball players don't have to be 21...but then again, how many thug baseball players are there?
It should stay where it is now, at 19  
#6 | 1559 days ago

Thug??? I dont see no thugs in the NBA............Is LeBron James a Thug? No..........Is Kevin Durant a Thug? No..........Is Dwight Howard a Thug? No...........So what ur trying to say?
Thanks for the picture of Denise Milani, Keeter !  

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