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???