Dallas Mavericks Owner Cuban Thinks College Hoops Players Need 3 Years, Takes Jab at UK Fans
Well, I think we’re all starting to agree that when it comes to the number of years college basketball players should stay in school, “1” is definitely NOT the magic number. Yes, Kentucky just won the National Championship with a trio of freshmen in the starting lineup. Still, everywhere I turn, just like potato chips, ONE is not enough.
Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban isn’t even a fan of the number 2. He’d like college players to stay 3 years before they’re eligible. AND, for whatever reasons, he made a statement about Kentucky fans that simply is not true. Why on earth would anyone think that Big Blue Nation WOULD NOT like to have another year of Anthony Davis, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, and Marquis Teague–assuming all of them declare?
I love the idea of three years in college. Heck, I’m a huge fan of what NBA Commissioner David Stern wants–two years or “two and through.” Two or three, either one. But I hate one-and-done. And, I gotta be honest. Despite UK winning with three starting freshmen, one-and-done just waters down the game and encourages young guys to make decisions about their futures they have no business making.
How many 19-year-olds have jumped to the NBA draft because of this rule with the thinking they’re going to be chosen only to be completely overlooked? They either have to leave the country and play in Europe or they never play again. There’s nothing more powerful than money. And the thought of making millions at such a young age is too overwhelming for some of these kids.
Now, a kid like Anthony Davis is absolutely going to start collecting paychecks. By all accounts, he will be the #1 player chosen in June’s NBA draft if he leaves. I think he will. But what I think doesn’t matter. What my friends and family who are college hoops fans think doesn’t matter. What matters is these kids. They’ve become cogs in a machine. They’re no longer considered as actual human beings, just a way for some NBA fatcats to pad their wallets. So, despite Mark Cuban’s random and irritating comment, I agree with him. And he’s a power player, somebody people will listen to about this subject. And I hope they are listening.