I'm fine with it. If the kid is worth that much to the Nike or Adidas
brand then so be it. Good for him.
This isn't even an issue. This type of contract is rare and isn't
permeating among the young men in some alarming fashion. It is a rare, rare
athlete that will get this opportunity. These corporations do their research
and are the ones taking the risks. If the kid will get some smart people around
him instead of his high school buddies, he will be fine. The maturity of the
individual is focused into these corporations decisions. I wish him well.
This has been a perpetual problem for a long time. "Play their Hearts
Out" by George Dohrmann paints the picture well. Corporations target kids
younger and younger through AAU. sponsored teams then can use their sponsorship
to bribe talented youth to join their team. Not that AAU competition in itself
or sponsorship is bad at all, but there are coaches who exploit the kids for
their talent. There's a huge conflict of interest, many coaches are
essentially working for Nike or Addidas and not to improve the lives of youth.
There are expectations that these coaches will drive the kids to schools also
sponsored by their shoe company. There definitely needs to be changes. Kids who
aren't "high-profile NBA prospects" are often affected because they
are targeted early before anyone knows if they will continue to develop at a
high level. Just look at former "next Lebron James" Demetrius Walker
who's at Grand Canyon University now.
Now jazz fans should know why they're tanking this year.
Hey Andrew, can I be your Agent?!!
What's the problem...take the money and run kid!