Are all sports writers idiots or is it just a Pat Forde/Pete Thamel thing?

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Pat Forde recently wrote this terrifically stupid article about Nerlens Noel’s injury and David Stern’s culpability for said injury:

The greater issue is Noel’s future, and the way it is put at risk by a system that forced him to play college ball for a year instead of going straight into the NBA draft.

Noel may have gotten hurt in 2013 no matter where he was playing, but at least he would be under contract and well-compensated by whatever NBA team would have drafted him in the first round last June.

Instead, he wound up playing for scholarship money at Kentucky. And while that is nothing to sneeze at, Noel’s presence on campus represents restraint of trade and a bastardization of what college is supposed to be.

Bastardization of what college is supposed to be?  Isn’t College supposed to prepare one for the future?  A future profession of some sort?  Is Sports not a full fledged profession in a multi-Billion dollar business?  The NBA is arguably one of THE most successful businesses on the planet.

Surely, a year or two in college under the tutelage of Rick Pitino, Roy Williams, Bill Self, John Calipari, Tom Crean and a couple of dozen other coaches prepares students of the sports business for a professional career in [AGAIN] arguably one of the most successful businesses on the globe.

Are all sports writers idiots or is that just a Pat Forde/Pete Thamel thing?

The NBA makes decisions based on it’s business model.

Law Firms require prospective attorneys to obtain a degree, pass the bar, etc.

Corporations such as Google, Apple and Microsoft require university study or some kind of certification.

Hospitals require Doctors to obtain a degree and serious amounts of professional training.  Some would say that even those requirements are not enough since hospitals and doctors routinely kill people under their care.

Nearly every profession out there requires some sort of post high school training.

Somehow, sports business should be exempted from this?

How does that make sense?

I am so tired of people harping moronically on the one and done rule in this manner.

What should happen is that kids should be allowed to declare after high school.  They should be allowed to try out.  If they make it, they become professionals.  If they do not, they should be able to enroll in college, train to become professional sports athletes and try it again in the draft or as a free agent.

But the NCAA is too idiotic [GREEDY] for such a common sense approach and the NBA is not interested in it as the NBA Players Union are only in it to get more athletes on the rolls of agencies.

These kids should have agents from the time that they become marketable.  They should have the advantage of professional counsel.  That is the travesty here.  The NCAA doesn’t want intelligent, well informed athletes committing to their schools.  They want empty headed, easily cowed sheep who will sign any document slapped in front of them.

Most of the problems with Collegiate athletics IS THE NCAA.  It’s not the agents or handlers or posses.  It’s the corrupt NCAA.

Pete Thamel and Pat Forde are NCAA gophers, hooligans and thugs.  Of course, they want the NBA to help out Mark Emmert and other shadow thieves and masterminds of the NCAA Scholarship Slave assembly line that fills their pockets with midas’ gold.

I wonder how much the NCAA pays these guys to do their sniping for them???

Riffing on the NCAA and the NBA Age Restriction

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Why should one go to college?

Is it for the college experience? I’d say that’s the immature reason to go to college.

The reason that folks go to college or any school is to get training or a degree or some type of higher learning to prepare them for some kind of profession.

Basketball is a profession. Sure, it’s a short lived profession.

Nevertheless, it is a profession.

The NCAA should start treating it as such.

Students of the game should be allowed to maximize their instruction time. They should be allowed to learn their chosen profession.

Instead, the NCAA limits instruction in their chosen profession.

It would be like MIT telling mathematics or comp science/programming students that they can only dedicate certain periods/times to the study of mathematics or quantum physics or programming.

It’s all asinine.

If a kid, regardless of his financial situation, can go straight to the NBA out of HS, then they should be allowed to do so.

Kids can go straight to work for Humana or Google or Microsoft out of HS and make a 6 figure salary.

What’s the difference….????

Some kids need a couple more years.

That is where the NBA and the NCAA sit down and make some common sense rules.

A kid makes himself available for the draft. If he is drafted, his pay is deferred until he is evaluated. If he passes muster in the summer league, he stays. If not or if he goes undrafted, he goes back to college. Patrick Patterson could have benefitted from such an eval period. Orton would have. Meeks would have. Many players each year would benefit.

The Summer League and the Draft Process should be treated as an internship.

Legal Students do it. Damn near every other type of student does it.

The only reason that Collegiate Athletes in the Major Sports are given short shrift on this is so that the NCAA can call itself “amateur” and get a tax break. It’s all about the money. It has nothing to do with protecting the game, the sanctity of college sports or the fabled student athlete.

A program of instruction should be developed around each sport. Sports Management type academic program.

It’s not coddling the kids, it’s being realistic.

The way it is now, it’s a colossal waste of time for everyone involved.

While the owners want to do away with the soft salary cap and guaranteed contracts, the players hope to end the age restriction that forbids players from entering the NBA directly out of high school.

“We want to go back to the way it was,” a source from the National Basketball Players Association said. “The players have always been philosophically opposed to it. The vast majority of players feel a player should have the right to make a living. If he has the talent and wants to make money to help his family, he should have that right. It’s just a matter of principle.”

If you read this, let me know what you think?