Look Out Below!
Look Out Below!
Blog: From the Director
Posted Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Here are the kinds of statements that should send chills down the spines of thoughtful leaders of school-based basketball:

  • From Maverick Carter, business manager for LeBron James and CEO of Springhill Entertainment: “... the system is broken at the base, the foundation of it, which is youth basketball ... And if youth basketball is broken, then that’s part of his (NBA Commissioner Adam Silver’s) job, too, because those kids are quickly in his league.”
    “... the NCAA has these stupid-ass rules that are so archaic, so you have to fix that whole thing and figure out a way to do it. I own a piece of Liverpool football club, in European soccer, because clubs have a system all the way down to youth.”

  • From Michelle Roberts, NBA Players Association executive director: “... we need to go younger, and we’re now plotting ways to do that.”

  • From Draymond Green, formerly of Michigan State and now of the NBA’s Golden State Warriors: “You talk to the European guys who I’ve played with, and they’ve been making money since they were 15 years old ...”

  • From Michael Singer of the Commercial Appeal, Memphis, TN: “... the NBA is indeed exploring avenues to connect with elite high school players and improve the developmental system ... Part of the NBA’s plan could hinge on working with elite prospects throughout high school, whether at tournaments or at summer camps.”

So, at minimum, this is what school-based sports can expect as a result of NBA and NCAA efforts to fix what’s broken in college basketball:

  1. Additional pressures on students to specialize in basketball year-round from a very early age.

  2. Further distraction from the masses of players toward elite players.

  3. An attack on amateur standing rules in school-based basketball.

Comments

# Jim Holton
Tuesday, March 27, 2018 11:08 AM
Youth Basketball isn’t Broken. The NBA wouldn’t know the first thing about broken
Basketball, because the NBA isn’t Basketball anymore. Slowly but surely the NBA is imploding. I don’t even know anybody that watches what the NBA considers basketball anymore.
# Allen Stephens
Thursday, March 29, 2018 8:49 AM
I don't think we should be surprised by any of these comments. We live in a culture that craves attention and fame. NCAA athletes on a full scholarship not happy with all the money the NCAA makes from tv contracts and jersey sales. The 1 and done rules so I can get on with my career. It is all about the money. I don't have to look far to see parents spending a lot of money to get their kids in elite travel teams. they want a return! I believe the only way to slow this down is to quit bowing at the altar of sports! Show me how to do that and I would back it 100% when it seems so pervasive in the U.S.

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