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Adam Silver is Changing his Tune on the One-and-Done Rule

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver made an odd statement earlier this week about the NBA’s minimum age requirement, a.k.a the one-and-done rule.

The rule has drawn criticism and praise since it was adopted in the 2006 collective bargaining agreement.  Silver once considered raising the age requirement another year to make it a “two-and-done” policy, but now he’s reconsidering his position.

“We all agreed we need to make a change,” Silver said, speaking on behalf of the owners and the players’ union. “It’s one of those issues we need to come together and study. … My sense is, It’s not working for anyone.”

It’s worked pretty well for Kentucky.  Silver used some other well-phrased language in a pre-Finals press conference to justify his reasoning.

“It’s not working, certainly from the college coaches and athletic directors I hear from,” Silver said. “They’re not happy with the current system. And I know our teams aren’t happy, either, in part because they don’t necessarily think that the players are coming into the league are getting the kind of training that they would expect to see among the top draft picks in the league.”

This comes a day after Silver sounded a bit uninformed in an interview with Colin Cowherd.  The following statement sounds like his beliefs are based simply off of the Ben Simmons documentary.

“Even the so-called one-and-done players, I don’t think it’s fair to characterize them as going to one year of school,” Silver said Wednesday. “What’s happening now, even at the best schools, they enroll in those universities — some great universities — and they attend those universities until either they don’t make the tournament, and the last game therefore of their freshman season, or to whenever they lose or win in the NCAA Tournament, that becomes their last day. So in essence it’s a half-and-done, in a way.”

That’s just not the case.  In 2016 Calipari’s Cats posted a perfect APR score and earlier this year were notified they were in the top ten percent of all college basketball programs.  In order to receive a high APR score, players must complete their semester of schooling before going to the NBA, completely contradicting Silver’s statement.

Silver did not provide an immediate alternative to changing the one-and-done rule.  He said they are looking at a rule that would allow 18-year olds to enter the D-League, but the rule cannot be eliminated until the most recent collective bargaining agreement expires in seven years.

[The Washington Post]

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

7 Comments for Adam Silver is Changing his Tune on the One-and-Done Rule

  1. RealCatsFan
    5:45 pm June 2, 2017 Permalink

    Why is it that whenever I look at a picture of Adam Silver, I think of one of these? 😀

  2. Luether
    6:31 pm June 2, 2017 Permalink

    Let’s be clear, Nicky boy – it’s the NBA Players Union that supports the status quo – no one else…

  3. runningunnin.454
    7:12 pm June 2, 2017 Permalink

    Silver is full of crap; the players don’t have to attend college at all, it’s an age requirement. The NBA doesn’t care if the kids go to class.
    Most kids would benefit from 2 years in school; the NBA hurts too many kids as it is; most would not be mentally and physically mature enough to enter at 18.
    Why don’t they just sign them up at 16?

  4. bankerbh
    9:52 pm June 2, 2017 Permalink

    Kentucky’s former players have benefited by being drafted. But that doesn’t mean that Kentucky as a program has benefited. But then again I am defining success as championships and KY is not the leader over the last 10 years even though they have had top recruiting classes. Would love to see a rule change to either 20 years old or go straight to Nba.

  5. WildcatCam
    2:40 am June 3, 2017 Permalink

    Am I the only one confused with the way Nick has spliced Silver’s comments? What is the original and what is the new comment? This is poorly written. I usually just laugh when people criticize writers on here, but this is kinda ridiculous. The wording leading into the first comment leads me to believe it is referring to the most recent change for Silver. But then you talk about the pre-finals press conference comment?

    There’s just no solid time line here for his comments…can you clean it up please?

  6. somerset bill
    9:50 am June 3, 2017 Permalink

    calipari weighing in on silver’s comment about attending classes coming in 3, 2…