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January 14, 2011, 01:22 PM
The NBA players hope to end the age restriction that forbids players from entering the NBA directly out of high school. How will this decision impact the NBA?
January 18, 2011  01:57 PM ET

Tough to say. The argument for this measure (age restriction) has been that it gives the NBA a chance to get a better look at what they are taking on. They get a chance to play a more stringent (even if you perceive it as only slight) difficulty against some more challenging players.

However there is little denying that some of these kids are clearly ready (or close to) straight out of high school. Without the age restriction selecting those that are ready however may be more difficult (I am honestly not sure, I'm not a scout).

Personally, I think the one year restriction is ineffective. It either needs to be upped to 2 or 3 years (such as the NFL) or taken back to no age restriction.

January 18, 2011  04:03 PM ET

If the NBA would require at least two years in college BOTH the NBA and college game would benefit from it. Too many HS kids are selfish 'me-first' hoopsters with no real understanding of team basketball. A couple of years in college would greatly help that. And like 821 said SOME of 'em are ready for the NBA, no question. It's the other ones that skip college with no real understanding of fundamentals that hurts the NBA.

January 19, 2011  11:31 AM ET

Players should have to play at least 2 years of college ball...

Coming straight from High School is silly and their games are so under-developed it is insane!

In college, they will hone some of their skills and show that moving to another level is not as big a risk...

January 20, 2011  11:39 AM ET

Right on JH24!

 
January 21, 2011  11:34 AM ET

IMO Players like Lebron and Amar'e have proven that they belong from jump. Look at the league's present superstars and stars... Most of them came in straight out of high school or immediately after their freshman year.

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