One and done…

For some ironic reason the NBA had a “soft” no straight out of high school policy and 10 years ago made it official, NBA prospects must be at least 1 year removed from High school before they could go to the NBA. I always found this peculiar, as you do not have such restrictions in Baseball or Hockey where kids are drafted and in the pro leagues within Months.

While so many do not want to play the race card here is what my study found… According to the MLB 60% of its players were White while less than 10% were Black in the year of 2014. In the same year the NHL declared 98% of its players White. However in 2014 the NBA had a Black majority of 75%.

When I look at these numbers I cannot help but wonder what makes the NBA think their league needs to be run this way. In other leagues there are no restrictions and furthermore there are no confines in this Capitalist America so why such limitations? If you are qualified why can you not do the job? We hear all the sad stories of young Black Men making so much money and losing it all, my question is why does the NBA care? Moreover if they really cared why not do more to assist the athletes with money management etc…

Let’s take it one step further… I strongly believe that by instituting a requirement where players can’t go to straight to the NBA they are now “forced” to go to college for a “One and done” season. If a player is a stud and makes his team great that results in Major Coins for the Universities on the back of the Athlete. Personally, I see this as a form of slavery. By winning the National Championship in his sole season at Syracuse Univ the school earned MILLIONS for which Carmelo did not see a dime. Players can’t be paid in college or take as much as a free lunch or borrow a car without being scrutinized. This is utterly ridiculous and while I have no evidence strongly believe the policy of one and done was influenced by the NCAA to stuff their pockets.

I commend current Knicks 6th man Brandon Jennings who decided he was not going to college and played in a Euro league for one season made his paper and entered the draft the following season. If you have first round draft talent and do not intend on staying in College for 4 years to get your degree I say get your money like any other red blooded American.

I look forward to the day when ALL Athletes Matter and can earn their money equally.



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  1. Thanks for my input on this serious subject because i have mixed emotions. First, The disparity between the NFL and the NBA vs the other sports teams should not be… It is a controlling factor that is not allowed in Hockey, Tennis, and even Baseball. If a high school player is good enough to get drafted and doesn’t want to go to College, I think he should be put in a minor league category but PAID min salary for the league… my reason for this is most 17yr olds right out of High school don’t have the maturity for a stadium crowd yet, doesn’t realized the physicality of the game at the pro level and certainly don’t have a clue how to handle the fame and fortune…That player needs to be prepped, groomed and prepared for an 82 game schedule which is nothing like high school. The other piece to this is that the kids playing the other sports are more than likely from a higher socioeconomic class than football and basketball and they are more apt to have financial advisers at they disposal,their grooming starts earlier and most can afford to sit out the year waiting… Black athletes don’t have that luxury, most come from backgrounds where even the entry level salary will lift their families out of the poverty hole. So to answer your question, on the one hand I agree it is disproportionately unfair but on the other hand I don’t think many have the maturity to handle all that comes with the transition. I think David Robinson (admiral) was a classic example of one who decided to wait and it didn’t hurt…he went on to become a future Hall of Famer.

  2. Not surprised that the predominantly black sports are the most regulated. In order to eat you must first feed the farm. I love the smell of covert systemic oppressiom in the morning

  3. Nicely written, BUT baseball is definitely different in the fact that until recently they, unlike bball, had a minor league.

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