Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Bob Knight raises a decent point in all the wrong ways

From where I sit it looks like Bob Knight is again confirming he's got no clue how the real world works...


Rape isn't a world that should be tossed around. It's not a joke. It's not funny. And it certainly isn't a way to describe anything to do with sports. Rape is a crime. It should be treated as such. That being said, Knight does have a point, to a degree. Sure, allowing players to turn pro after their freshman year is taking a lot away from the NCAA, but I don't think the NCAA is suffering much for it. There are some players that make the jump and don't pan out. But it's been like that for decades. Just because someone is a high draft pick doesn't mean a thing. It never has and it never will. The draft is a chance for teams to restock with younger, potentially great players. Note the words 'chance' and 'potentially'. Ask the Edmonton Oilers about what 1st over-all picks mean to a team. Talk to Antony Bennett about the pressure associated with being a top pick. Here's where Knight has a good point. Basketball shouldn't be looking to keep kids in college, they should be looking the NHL and MLB. Creating a system of player development. It would create an expansion of pro ball in centres that would never see an NBA team. Right now there are 15 teams in the D League. Grow it. Have each NBA team with a separate affiliate. There's plenty of money to be made too. More coaches, more fans, more draft. Right now the NFL and NHL drafts are 7 rounds, MLB has 40 (!), the NBA has 2. Expand it. All of it. There's no such thing as too much show, particularly in a league that created Showtime.

At least that's how I see it...and I sit in the cheap seats.

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