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Krzyzewski blasts NCAA-NBA relationship: 'Kind of sad'

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08:41 AM ET 04.18 | Mike Krzyzewski took the occasion of a radio appearance to rail against the current relationship between the NBA and college basketball. From The Sports Animal in Oklahoma City (via SRI): "First of all college basketball doesn't control college basketball. The NBA controls college basketball. They are the ones along with the players union that sets the rule. College basketball just reacts to what the NBA does to include the early entry date. College basketball put out April 10th. Well that date doesn't mean anything. April 29th is when guys have a chance to put their names in the NBA draft. ... As a resolve we don't have a voice with the NBA or the players union and that's just kind of sad."

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April 18, 2012  08:46 AM ET

Yes it is sad .... and the NBA player's union doesn't care.

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April 18, 2012  08:53 AM ET
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Yes it is sad .... and the NBA player's union doesn't care.

ding ding ding.

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April 18, 2012  09:06 AM ET
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Congress needs to get involved in this.

They would make it worse.

April 18, 2012  09:12 AM ET
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They would make it worse.

True. When has congress ever improved our lives?

April 18, 2012  09:18 AM ET
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well duh....get rid of one and dones or make em stay more than 1 year.

"The one and dones" really hurt UCLA a few years back, now it's going to destroy Kentucky!!!! If the kids are going to leave after one year, then at least have the scholarship last 2/3 years against the school.

April 18, 2012  09:18 AM ET
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well duh....get rid of one and dones or make em stay more than 1 year.

Not sure how you do this... but I couldn't agree more.

April 18, 2012  09:24 AM ET
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Not sure how you do this... but I couldn't agree more.

Adopt baseball rules, either go pro or commit for 3 years

April 18, 2012  09:27 AM ET
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Not sure how you do this... but I couldn't agree more.

OD, if a school offers a scholarship to a kid, tell the kid that he has to stick around at least 2/3 years, now I know you can't make the kid stay, but can't the NCAA make the scholarship count against a school for the 2/3 years.

April 18, 2012  09:28 AM ET
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Adopt baseball rules, either go pro or commit for 3 years

Damn good point!!!!!! That would be so easy!!!!!

April 18, 2012  09:48 AM ET
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OD, if a school offers a scholarship to a kid, tell the kid that he has to stick around at least 2/3 years, now I know you can't make the kid stay, but can't the NCAA make the scholarship count against a school for the 2/3 years.

That would be punishing the school needlessly.

April 18, 2012  09:49 AM ET
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OD, if a school offers a scholarship to a kid, tell the kid that he has to stick around at least 2/3 years, now I know you can't make the kid stay, but can't the NCAA make the scholarship count against a school for the 2/3 years.

And it would punish the kids coming after that could have gotten a scholarship but can't because it is tied up with people not even there.

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April 18, 2012  10:02 AM ET

Are the FN mods trying to reincarnate 0-6 with all these b-ball threads today?

April 18, 2012  10:05 AM ET
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NBA wont do anything about it.. it should be take them straight from HS.. or 2 years..

I think Staples had an article on this. If I remember correctly, the NBA (not players association) actually likes it this way. They have little risk because the colleges provide the testing period and weed out most of the first year flops without any monetary loss or PR problems for the teams. If they went straight to the NBA, their risk is increased when one of the HS kids turns out to be a flop and they've dumped a bunch of cash on them.

 
April 18, 2012  10:06 AM ET
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OD, if a school offers a scholarship to a kid, tell the kid that he has to stick around at least 2/3 years, now I know you can't make the kid stay, but can't the NCAA make the scholarship count against a school for the 2/3 years.

That would be unfair to the school offering the scholarship. If the kid decides he doesn't want to "continue his education at this point in time", why should the school be burdened by it. I say, place the onus where it belongs... On the NCAA. As it stands, these kids have no motivation to stay in school beyond a year when visions of dollar signs dance in their heads and people are constantly lamenting about how universities make millions of dollars off them while they see none of it. There's nothing for them to look forward to but, "having an education to back them up in case their hoop dream doesn't pan out." Having said this, I know that there is very little a university can do to stem the idea of million dollar pay days to these kids, but at the very least, they can stop punishing the university and the kid for getting sports gear or tattoos or going out to dinner with someone. Also (if this isn't done already), a standardized per diem system for teams playing road games wouldn't be too much to ask either. This wouldn't be much, but it'd be a start. While I kid and the university won't be punished for outright financial compensation, receiving gifts from well wishers shouldn't be a bad thing... so long as it's declared and approved by the university and the N.C.A.A. ;^) Setting a dollar amount on gifts and having them go through the university might be a good solution. Of course, this all would have to be standardized and across the board. That way, larger universities wouldn't (and shouldn't) have an (above board) unfair advantage. I think this would be fair and would make dealing with infractions much more transparent, since it's based on clear standards. Oh, and of course this should at least be directly related to academic availability. If the athlete is doing the job in the classroom, then these things will be available to them. If not... :^} . o (Sorry!)

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