Utah Jazz: Jazz forward Richard Jefferson rants about NCAA, NBA age limit

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  • Howard Beal Provo, UT
    April 11, 2014 4:21 p.m.

    Makes sense to me. If you can vote and die for your country in war (at age 18), you can probably decide whether to play pro basketball.

  • Brave Sir Robin San Diego, CA
    April 11, 2014 3:14 p.m.

    Here's the part I don't get. The reason the NBA gave for imposing a minimum age requirement was because young people aren't physically developed enough to play in the NBA without getting hurt. So presumably it's a player safety issue.

    The problem is, as the body degenerates as it ages, becoming too old also makes an NBA player more likely to get hurt. So doesn't there also need to be a maximum age for NBA players?

    For example, look at Kobe...entered the NBA at 18 and adapted quickly. He didn't start getting hurt until he got too old. If the NBA is really concerned about player safety, they would impose a mandatory retirement age.

  • EPoint Roy, UT
    April 11, 2014 12:32 p.m.

    Sure, why not ask the kids to commit to at least 2 years of College, or else go to NBA directly? The issue here is that without an education, any life will be less than it could be, and a general college education can enhance beyond money the full life of any athlete. It should be a a recognized privilege, to get a full ride scholarship to attend school, and come with the requirement of at least obtaining an Associates degree, 2 years towards the 4 year bachelors degree. Ask Bill Walton, or Kareem, or other athletes like Steve Kerr, Steve Young, etc. if they are glad they received the college education. Everyone knows how easily a very physical job of any kind can go wrong in an instant.

  • DEW Cougars Sandy, UT
    April 11, 2014 9:31 a.m.

    Make sense to me. Look at Kentucky, will those kids be gone again or is it going to be Uconn this time?