Mark Cuban thinks the plantation works just fine, thank you.

Everyone’s favorite smart owner agrees David Stern is on the right track trying to amend the one-and-done rule.  It’s just that he thinks Stern isn’t going far enough.

Stern said Tuesday that he’d like to add a year to the rule. Cuban wants to take it a step further, requiring players to wait three years after their high school class graduates to become draft-eligible.

At least he’s up front about why he supports the rule change.

“I just think there’s a lot more kids that get ruined coming out early or going to school trying to be developed to come out early than actually make it,” Cuban said. “For every Kobe (Bryant) or (Kevin) Garnett or Carmelo (Anthony) or LeBron (James), there’s 100 Lenny Cookes.”

And what NBA owner wants to spend big money on a draft bust?  Or maybe on any contract with an 18-year old?

Of course, a billionaire’s dream wouldn’t be complete without some rationalization.

“It’s not even so much about lottery busts,” Cuban said. “It’s about kids’ lives that we’re ruining. Even if you’re a first-round pick and you have three years of guaranteed money — or two years now of guaranteed money — then what? Because if you’re a bust and it turns out you just can’t play in the NBA, your ‘Rocks for Jocks’ one year of schooling isn’t going to get you real far.

“I just don’t think it takes into consideration the kids enough. Obviously, I think there’s significant benefit for the NBA. It’s not my decision to make, but that’s my opinion on it.”

See?  It’s really about the kids.  I guess Cuban’s trying to warn them that a million dollars doesn’t go as far as it used to.  And maybe he doesn’t know how the educational system works.  It turns out that if an 18-year old’s professional career doesn’t work out, he can go back to college to get his degree.  A least he’ll be able to afford the tuition at that point.

These guys don’t even try hard anymore to disguise their self-interest.  But it’s the NCAA that’s keeping the players down.


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11 responses to “Mark Cuban thinks the plantation works just fine, thank you.

  1. StirBaby's ManPiece

    I think you’re a punk on this one. He makes a valid point, and I’ll back it up – what college is going to take a kid who’s only contribution has been “plays basketball well, not well enough to play professionally” after a pro career flames out?

    The baseball model is the way to go – let kids get drafted, and make their college decision post draft. If it’s high enough, go pro out of high school, if it’s not then take the scholarship and stay for three years.

    Get off the high horse you picked up in Charlottesville.

    At least you didn’t blame Bobo…


  2. I think the football model is the best for kids who have sense of real need to educate themselves.


      • +1 million.

        There are hundreds of examples of people that had an entrepreneurial talent or some other type of potentially lucrative skill set that didn’t go to college or left college before graduating that have gone on to lead very successful lives and done very well for themselves without completing an education (i.e. Bill Gates/Mark Cuban/Michael Dell). We don’t bat an eye at those guys success or criticize them for not finishing their educations or ignoring them altogether.

        Why are so quick to argue different for athletes who by all means can lead very successful and wealthy lives without a lick of formal education? I suspect it has something to do with underlying tones and fears in American society about minorities that do well for themselves without formal education, but that’s a far too spidery topic for a sports blog.


  3. Go Dawgs!

    If giving someone NBA lottery money when they aren’t prepared to play in the NBA is going to ruin their lives… PLEASE, Mark Cuban, ruin the HELL out of my life. Destroy it. Wreck it with your sweet, sweet cash.

    What a joke. If a kid skips college for the cash, that’s on him. If a kid leaves college early for the cash, that’s on him. If a kid takes the money and fails to leave enough of it to pay for tuition as “Plan B”, then that’s on him. I think you can have a pretty damn successful life going straight from high school to the NBA even if you don’t play a minute in the league. You’ve just got to be smart about it. But if you’re not, that’s not on Mark Cuban. That’s on you.


  4. Greg

    Yeah, I’m sure Lenny Cook would have been up for the Nobel Prize by now if he’d just gotten to experience a year or two or three in college. Give me a break.

    Many of these kids don’t have the academic background or ability to take advantage of what a college has to offer(no matter how hard a few…very few…might try).

    If the average early entrant has used up almost all of his money, I’d venture to guess that he’s still not going to think about going back to school with what he’s got left.

    As to how far a million dollars goes, I would say that it could easily go very, very quickly when you have desperate family and so-called friends holding out their hands at every corner. That’s a lot for any 18 year old to deal with.


  5. I’m conflicted here. On one hand these decisions are clearly self-interested by owners and it seems absurd to me that you can arbitrarily tell anyone how to earn a living in this country. The absurdity only mounts when you consider it’s essentially an attempt by a bunch of supposed savvy businessmen to save themselves from 18 year old kids. These idiots can’t trust each other to not throw piles of money at unproven talents so they need a rule.

    Having said all that, it’s difficult to look at this season’s Kentucky team made up of prospective 1& doners and sophs ready to jump and not think that year was invaluable to their growth as players & individuals. Anthony Davis developed his talent but more importantly his media savvy. The polished kid I saw on Jimmy Kimmel was a far cry from the stilted mumbler I saw in November. Marquis Teague went from a talk first shoot second pass maybe PG to an excellent game manager and distributer. A guy who will be an excellent teammate for someone. I could go on, but point is the Wildcats were exhibit A for a year or two of school helping a kid ease into the dramatic transition between high schooler and NBA star.

    I just agreed with NBA owners about something so I’m off to drink heavily. Cheers.


  6. E dawg

    Senator: what is lmao? Cuban is free not to take a player and act in accordance with his principles.


  7. Cojones

    Count me amung the dunces that don’t see anything wrong in a statement from an owner who’s famous for saying it like it is -and he pays for the privilege. Take me as one who doesn’t see the cynicism in his remarks that appear as something advocated on here and agreed by many that “one and done” should be gone.

    I agree with his premise and won’t think cynically until he primes me to do so. Many of you writers have little cynical private stories that are lost on the crowd’s ignorance. If you can’t draw pictures or clue us in, how are we to respond in a discussion about something that appears on the “up and up”?