February 20, 2007, - 3:54 pm

Bobby Knight Agrees w/ Schlussel on NBA Rule Prohibiting High Schoolers

By Debbie Schlussel
When the NBA prohibits high school grads from joining the NBA draft and requiring them to wait a year, guess who gets hurt? Here’s a hint: It’s not the NBA’s billionaire owners, like loudmouth Mark Cuban.
Here’s another hint: It’s you, the taxpayers. While NBA-wannabes who have no business being in college–and don’t want to be there–wait it out for a year, you’re paying for them to go to college . . . and not go to class, anyway.
That’s Bobby Knight’s position. And it’s been mine for a very long time, too. It’s simply an anti-free market–and anti-taxpayer–rule, made to help billionaires and colleges get along . . . and take you for an expensive ride.

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AP quotes Knight:

Because now you can have a kid come to school for a year and play basketball and he doesn’t even have to go to class. He certainly doesn’t have to go to class the second semester. I’m not exactly positive about the first semester. But he would not have to attend a single class the second semester to play through the whole second semester of basketball.

Yet another reason I like Bobby Knight–the original “Coach K.”

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5 Responses

It’s funny how these rich team owners, whether in the NBA or NHL, resort to anti-free market strategies to rip-off the average Joe. These owners need a swift kick in the pants.

Norman Blitzer on February 20, 2007 at 5:02 pm

IF a kid coming out of high school COULD play in the NFL, i’d be for that too.
Like baseball, basketball IS a sport where you don’t need to go to college to get your ‘game’ up…THAT however shouldn’t excuse the NCAA from slaving out ANY athlete in order for them to be “amateurs”!!!
A Hiesman hopeful puts almost as many fannies in the seats as an Air Jordan…anf the college that recruits such a player is making almost as much money as the Yankees.
Would there be any ‘March Madness’ IF EVERY Division I player went on strike??? And would college footbal be as viewable if all the Division I players followed suit?
WHEN you’re 18 you’re old enough to go to Iraq and die for your cutry…so WHY can’t you get a little Halliburton money IF you can play the game?

EminemsRevenge on February 20, 2007 at 5:58 pm

Is my memory amiss or did Kevin Garnett, Kobe Bryant and LeBron James all bypass college for the NBA? What about Darco and Yao Ming? Is this a new rule we’re talking about?
I still like Knight. He is all business and can be a total asshole when his frequent tantrums are out of control–that behavior cannot be justified. Yet, you have to respect his competence. He is the real deal.
If I had to pick a coach who would drive me closest to achieving my potential–I’d still have to pick Bobby Knight. Look at how many great players who played for him who will defend him as being the best–Isaiah Thomas, Quin Buckner,and there are a whole fratenity of these greats–they still love him and always will.

BB on February 20, 2007 at 8:24 pm

They basically have to be 19 when drafted so most kids have nothing to do for one year after high school; they bum around college for 1 year until the draft.
Kobe Bryant looks like an exception to the rules.
WRONG. THE RULE IS FAIRLY NEW. AND IT WAS NOT IN PLACE OR EVEN UNDER CONSIDERATION WHEN BRYANT AND THE OTHERS WERE DRAFTED. I HAVE REMOVED YOUR LINK TO THAT FALSE AND UNRELIABLE WEBSITE, TO WHICH I HAVE NO DESIRE TO BRING TRAFFIC.
DEBBIE SCHLUSSEL

Norman Blitzer on February 21, 2007 at 10:18 am

UNC polled their graduates and determined that if you wanted to make lots of money you should major in geography – just like MJ.

Burt on February 21, 2007 at 10:29 am

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