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Adam Silver is Becoming the Change We All Wish to See in the World


The face of hope.

While Mark Emmert is mostly content to be verbally abused on Twitter, NBA commissioner Adam Silver is now stepping up to say that changing the league’s age limit from 19 to 20 is now a “top priority.”

Silver’s zeal in getting this done will likely be one of the dominating stories of this basketball offseason, because while it won’t take effect for this year’s recruiting class (Karl Towns, Jr. will still be safe to go to the NBA after next year), it could be around as early as 2016.  For college hoops fans, this has the potential to change the face of the sport.  So how are folks handling the news that this is a serious topic of discussion?  About like you’d expect: mostly okay, but with lots of drama from the people that stir up that sort of thing.

Skip Bayless was vehemently opposed to the proposition on ESPN’s “First Take,” saying “This is America,” and that the rule is “unconstitutional.”  I’m not quite sure he knows that “The right to hoop” isn’t exactly in our first ten amendments.  Yes, he was probably talking about Title VII, but does that provision say that employers can’t require “two years’ experience” for positions when seeking candidates?  Does that mean it’s unconstitutional for a job opening to require a college degree?  Mandating a postponement in your chosen professional career is IN NO WAY unconstitutional if the professionals who regulate that career believe it’s necessary for the good of all involved.  Then again, Skip might just be playing the troll.  Buuuut I doubt it.

Former coach Avery Johnson is in support of the rule, and would even implement a higher limit of 3 years in college, like the NFL does.  He also supported Calipari in saying that “[A]nytime a player can spend three years under Tom Izzo, Coach Cal, Larry Brown, you’re gonna get a player that’s much more NBA-ready. … They know what it takes to get a guy NBA-ready.”

What does your average viewer want?  SportsNation answered that question pretty easily:

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Regardless of what the talking heads and basketball fans think, this really is in the hands of Silver and the National Basketball Players Association.  The NCAA wants it, the NBA owners’ majority wants it, and Adam Silver wants it.  The power to negotiate is now within the NBPA, and we’ll see if the NBA and others can offer up enough incentives to get the rule changed.

Article written by Corey Nichols

14 Comments for Adam Silver is Becoming the Change We All Wish to See in the World

  1. Sherry
    1:38 pm April 19, 2014 Permalink

    Skip Bayless is a shithead. He doesn’t like seeing Cal get the lion’s share of the top recruits every year.

  2. Dusten
    1:49 pm April 19, 2014 Permalink

    Will Calipari lose an edge in recruiting if this happens?

    • Jenny
      2:37 pm April 19, 2014 Permalink

      Of course he will. Many of the best recruits (top 10-15) will go straight to the NBA draft from high school. It will hurt coaches like Cal and Bill Self who consistently get a larger % of the top players. It will help coaches like Pitino and Coach K at Duke. Coach K will revert back to his previous approach and exclusively recruit the best white players who will stay 4 years. I have enjoyed watching Duke be made to recruit black one and done players and transfers to be able to compete. Anyway, any change to the current rule that allows high school players to enter the NBA draft instead of being made to play college ball will hurt Calipari and Bill Self.

    • TrustInCal
      3:41 pm April 19, 2014 Permalink

      A slight edge, maybe. But he’s still going to be able to get the best available. And Jenny is right – Pitino will get the not-so-great players and work them up over four years, and get a title about every 13-17 years.

  3. binarysolo
    1:52 pm April 19, 2014 Permalink

    The Constitution aside — if you’re qualified for a job, and an employer wants to hire you to do that job, why can’t you go work for that employer?

    Absolutely the one and done hurts college ball, I’m all for quality play in NCAA. But this talk of “one and dones ruining the NBA” is ridiculous. NBA teams aren’t forced to draft players who aren’t ready, and even if they do draft players based on potential, teams aren’t forced to give lots of playing time to players who aren’t ready.

    The NBA needs to be more accountable for what’s going on, and it’s stupid that their option is to limit NBA teams’ ability to draft HS seniors/college freshmen because NBA teams make poor decisions — hurting capable players in the process.

    Of course I would’ve loved it if Anthony Davis stayed two years, but he was 100% absolutely ready and deserving of playing in the NBA after his freshman year. Plenty of players don’t pan out, not just the one and dones, so the NBA needs to stop pinning this on the players.

  4. cracka
    1:56 pm April 19, 2014 Permalink

    interesting piece from the espn article I had never heard

    “When the league and the players’ union signed the collective bargaining agreement in 2011, it was agreed that the current one-and-done college rule could be revised at any time.”

  5. Doc
    1:58 pm April 19, 2014 Permalink

    This is not “unconstitutional” since it isn’t an action of the federal government, but it is definitely collusion between two monopolized industries. I love the Cats, appreciate a solid education, and would love–for selfish reasons–to have Wall, Cousins, Noel, Randle, etc. for 4-5 years at UK. But there is no reason that an 18-yr-old with the necessary skills to obtain a professional contract should be barred from doing so. It is also, in part, protectionism on the part of the NBAPA.

    If there were multiple prospective employers, one company’s arbitrary rules could be defined as an independent choice in a competitive market. But where monopolies or oligopolies exist, they should be scrutinized heavily.

  6. crazycatfan
    2:04 pm April 19, 2014 Permalink

    In the scheme of things, common sense says it’s good for everyone … NCAA, NBA, fans,coaches, and especially the players!

  7. Cycledelicbikes
    2:05 pm April 19, 2014 Permalink

    The NBPA should stand for the National Basketball Player AGENTS. They run the union. I can’t imagine they will let this happen when they’re more concerned with themselves than the league. The players have very little control over the union due to agents.

    • Haha
      2:51 pm April 19, 2014 Permalink

      Swing and a miss.

    • What?!?
      8:22 pm April 19, 2014 Permalink

      That made no sense whatsoever…agreed it was a “swing & miss”. I can’t understand why the players union wouldn’t be for this. That’s 10 less 1 & done players to compete with for a roster spot. It’ll buy some of those guys one more year in the league.

  8. UKBlue1!
    3:13 pm April 19, 2014 Permalink

    This guy is not doing college basketball any favors. He is doing this because several of his franchises have committed suicide in the draft in the past 15 years. Washington and Toronto just made the playoffs for first time in years. Cleveland is butt hurt over drafting Bennett last year. Go back and look at the drafts since 1995 for every Kobe, Garnett and James there are 30 other bad picks on lack of evaluation time. This stupid rule should have been changed a long time ago. They thought they had addressed it by going to the one and done but that has not worked. I like the idea of going straight into the D-league or Europe or committing to college for 3 years. I think this would benefit everyone.

  9. gman
    4:23 pm April 19, 2014 Permalink

    The ncaa just want another piece of these players pie. Money money.

  10. Trueblue
    4:33 pm April 19, 2014 Permalink

    The constitution is not a listing of rights. It is an enumeration of federal government powers. Just because a right is not specifically listed in the Bill of Rights does not mean it does not exist. See 9th amendment. However, the NBA is not a government entity, it is a private organization. If it wants to require a certain age or experience for its members/employees it is free to do so. The players are free to find employment elsewhere. If you think the rule is bad you are free to form a competing organization.

    Personally, I am for whatever rule keeps Cal here longer.