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Adam Silver “not rushing” through one-and-done rule change

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Those wanting the end of the one-and-done era may have to wait just a bit longer.

During an All-Star Weekend press conference, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver was asked about a potential one-and-done rule change, and said the league won’t be “rushing” to a major decision anytime soon. He did acknowledge, however, discussions would need to start sooner rather than later.

“In terms of the NBA, we’re conflicted, to be honest,” said Silver. “We’re outside of our cycle of collective bargaining right now, which is when we generally address an issue like that… There is no reason we shouldn’t at least be discussing it right now.”

The debate has to do with the eventual quality of league play. Silver says there is no debate that some 18-year-olds are able to play out of high school, but seeing them play against elite competition in college allows for greater success in the NBA Draft. He also adds that a rule change would likely help the G-League become more competitive and provide quality minutes for those not quite ready for the league.

The rule change would likely take the minimum age requirement from 19 to 18 if players wanted to enter the draft out of high school, with a two-year rule being implemented if you play college basketball.

Check out Silver’s remarks in their entirety:


If the rule were to be changed, we’d likely see the top ten prospects or so enter the draft each year, and the rest of college basketball would have to fight for the next-best tier athletes.

They’d just get two years to work with them.


Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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14 Comments for Adam Silver “not rushing” through one-and-done rule change

  1. MadHatter
    4:28 pm February 18, 2018 Permalink

    Sounds like a plan

  2. Bull Filmer
    4:43 pm February 18, 2018 Permalink

    dook guy.

    • Eazy
      5:11 pm February 18, 2018 Permalink

      Duke will suck without being able to pay the top players.

  3. luke_emberton
    5:59 pm February 18, 2018 Permalink

    should be 2 years anyways

  4. dismore
    6:01 pm February 18, 2018 Permalink

    The NBA doesn’t give a rats a$$ about the NCAA. They ONLY care about the money. But the NCAA needs to spot blaming the NBA, they can control how long an athlete stays in school once they sign on the dotted line.

    • TimB
      6:11 pm February 18, 2018 Permalink

      Actually, the NCAA has no control over how long an athlete stays at all. If a player decides to quit school, the NCAA can’t do a thing. The only reason the players come to college is because the NBA won’t take them until they are 1 year removed from high school graduation. So, it’s college or overseas.

    • justmyopinion
      9:55 am February 19, 2018 Permalink

      I agree TimB, the NCAA cannot control an athlete unless… maybe, sign the players to a two-year contract and own their rights. If the NBA wants them then they can pay up the cash. This may not be an answer BUT it’s time the NCAA stop being a collection of hypocrites, making a fortune off these young people, and find a solution outside the NBA. I’m not a fan of paying athletes but I don’t know their challenges either. The NCAA is big money and powerful enough to fix this problem. Would also eliminate the BS of the FBI investigations. There’s also that little issue of academic fraud – Notre Dame got slapped silly and UNC zip!

  5. Not Dan Issel
    6:32 pm February 18, 2018 Permalink

    Spencer Haywood took this issue to federal court a long time ago. The result was that the NCAA could not stop someone from going directly to the NBA from high school. The NCAA has nothing to do with this, and can’t stop high school kids from going straight to the NBA. Only the NBA can, and whatever they decide to do will obviously be in their best interest, not that of the NCAA.

  6. (Aixelsyd)0505
    6:42 pm February 18, 2018 Permalink

    Thanks TimB? But other then the obvious, the NBA and NCAA better care about both!!! Due to the simple fact NCAA is the NBA’s top source for their future… as well does the NCAA need to do the same due to EVERY SINGLE GREAT student athlete dreams of becoming NBA All stars/legends. Learning how to use each association would bring back the excitement of BOTH just like in the 80’s and early 90’s.

  7. (Aixelsyd)0505
    6:45 pm February 18, 2018 Permalink

    As cheesy as it sounds but a little “ELE” (everyone love everybody) would do some good.

  8. ScoggDog
    7:48 pm February 18, 2018 Permalink

    Just have the NBA draft the rights to these kids … but not pay them directly until they call the kid up to the D-League.

    You know … kinda’ how it works in College Baseball.

  9. UKLugo
    8:37 pm February 18, 2018 Permalink

    Whatever changes happen aint happening anytime soon.

  10. cynman
    7:43 am February 19, 2018 Permalink

    Mr. Silver mentions possible earlier NBA involvement; might be an improvement for them to be the driving force behind the AAU hoops system, rather than the athletic shoe companies.

  11. unbridled
    8:03 am February 19, 2018 Permalink

    I’m pro “one and done”