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Friday, September 08, 2006
Overseas Epiphany? Coach K Now Opposes NBA Age Limit

We spend a lot of time on this blog discussing the NBA age limit, and doing so has generated some great debates. To continue in that tradition, I bring you news that Duke men's basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski--a longtime supporter of a higher NBA age limit--has done a 180 and now vehemently opposses it. Ken Tysaic of the Charlotte Observer has the story on Krzyzewski's stunning change of heart, which occurred while he recently coached Team USA to a bronze medal in the FIBA World Championships (and thanks to D'arcy Mulligan for the link). Here are some excerpts:
After coaching Team USA's LeBron James and Dwight Howard, who went straight to the NBA from high school, Duke's Mike Krzyzewski said he opposes the year-old rule that prevents NBA teams from drafting high school seniors . . .

Now he is speaking out against it, saying basketball holds back teens while tennis, soccer and golf do not.

"We have a 16-year-old girl (Michelle Wie) that's winning money, a beautiful girl," Krzyzewski said. "They should be given those opportunities, and we should be able to adjust. It's not going to hurt the college game. The college game is going to be OK no matter what. I think this puts the college game in more of harm's way than it needs to be" . . .

He said when basketball players who don't want to attend college are forced onto campus for a year, college officials have trouble guaranteeing players will take their academic responsibilities seriously.

"There are a lot of successful people in this country who didn't go to college," Krzyzewski said. "They should be given the right to do that. We have one of the richest men in the world (Bill Gates) who didn't finish college, giving away hundreds of millions of dollars. To me, I'd rather have it the way it was (with no age limit)."

Some of us have been saying the same things for years, but I'm glad that Coach K has crossed over and joined the ranks of dissenters.


"ranks of dissenters"....yes indeedy

Anonymous Anonymous -- 9/08/2006 11:53 AM  

Could someone explain this question?

Why doesn't the NCAA adopt a similar policy for basketball as it has for the MLB draft? Guys can get drafted w/o losing eligibility, go draft-and-follow, go for pro ball, or wait and enter the draft again. Lots of details not mentioned, but why not make it easier on the kids? College baseball players don't have to gamble so much with their future. If they don't like where they went in the draft, just come back to school and re-enter the draft.


Anonymous cj -- 9/08/2006 1:43 PM  


I think it has to do more with the NBA's policies than with the NCAA.

Anonymous Anonymous -- 9/08/2006 3:10 PM  

Under Krzyzewski, 90% of Duke's scholarship basketball players have graduated, among the highest graduation rates of any NCAA Division I program.

Anonymous Mr drug rehab -- 9/08/2006 3:48 PM  

It is easy to get swayed by the likes of the top payers who made it out of high school to the NBA. Isnt the rule to protect the 2nd tier players from getting into the league and then fallng. I think the biggest problem is that there is now minor leagues. I have said this before but that portects these young guys more than anything.
Also I have a question for Mike. Why cant an Employer protect himself from waisting money? If the rule means anything it is that teams dont trust themselves and need a rule to protect them.

Anonymous Anonymous -- 9/08/2006 6:19 PM  

Can anybody tell me if it's legal to use college athlete's names on an internet business?

Anonymous Anonymous -- 9/09/2006 2:33 PM  

I'm never going to like Coach K, but good on him here. It's nice to see a college coach speaking out for the greater good even if it goes against his own self interest. I wish it happened more often.

Anonymous Anonymous -- 9/09/2006 9:23 PM  

It's in Coach K's best interest to get as many non-college players out of the NCAA. This will drain the talent pool and play into his recruiting strenghts, you'll either learn the skills to play pro-ball anywhere or you'll have a Duke degree.

Blogger Michael -- 9/13/2006 10:11 AM  

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