Especially when you make shit up out of thin air.
“I think what will end up happening — and this is my opinion, not that of the league — is if the colleges don’t change from the one-and-done, we’ll go after the one,” Cuban said.
Gee, Mark, exactly how would the colleges change from the one-and-done if the professional organization you belong to continues to prohibit high schoolers from being eligible for the NBA draft? I guess they’d just add the NBA as another recruiting competitor.
“We can get rid of all the hypocrisy and improve the education,” Cuban said. “If the whole plan is just to go to college for one year maybe or just the first semester, that’s not a student-athlete. That’s ridiculous.
“You don’t have to pretend. We don’t have to pretend. A major college has to pretend that they’re treating them like a student-athlete, and it’s a big lie and we all know it’s a big lie. At least at most schools, not all. … But we can put more of an emphasis on their education. We can plan it out, have tutors. We can do all kinds of things that the NCAA doesn’t allow schools to do that would really put the individual first.”
Cuban’s biggest concern about one-and-done prospects is that they’re often not mentally, emotionally and psychologically prepared for the NBA after spending only one season in a college environment.
He believes the D-League could provide a better atmosphere for freshman-age players to develop on and off the court.
If by “better atmosphere” he means a steady paycheck, well, sure. But the idea that the NBA will be better able – not to mention more motivated – to offer kids who don’t want an education educational opportunities is laughable. Bottom line, just like the NCAA’s members, his league will be getting the stars on the cheap for a year. That’s all this is about.
Yeah, the NCAA is hypocritical. Big surprise there. Cuban? To quote Rick from Casablanca, I don’t mind a parasite. I object to a cut-rate one.