|04-13-2005, 11:21 AM||#1|
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NBA Issues: Should There Be An Age Limit?
David Stern wants an age limit imposed when the league and Player's Association come up with a new deal this summer.
Good thing or bad thing?
Jermaine O'Neal says it's a bad thing, making the age old argument of "If they can go to war at 18, why can't they play basketball?" I say "age old" because I hear the same argument when people say the drinking age should be lowered.
Shane Battier says it's a good thing, because these kids come into the league and end up taking veteran players' jobs.
So, what do you think, NBA fans?
I am personally in favor of an age limit. Let's face it, guys like LeBron James and Amare Stoudamire are the exception, not the rule. Kevin Garnett, for example. It took him a couple years to really be good. Those years could have been better spent in college. Same goes for Jermaine O'Neal. He sat the bench in Portland for 2 years I believe. He could have been playing and refining his game in college.
I believe Stern wants an age limit of 20, or basically 2 years in college. I think that could be very helpful to the league. That may sound hypocritical with Carmelo Anthony in my signature, but the fact is, a lot of these guys aren't ready, physically or mentally. 2 years in school refining their games and growing up as people could do wonders, and help the league in the long run, I think. Melo, for example, was ready physically. But mentally he wasn't. He's finally, it seems, gotten a handle on things, which will only help the Nuggets for next year and the future. But it was tough with all the things that happened this past summer.
However, I disagree with Battier's reasoning. If those veterans could help the teams win, they'd be kept. The fact is, they can't. Sorry Shane. There should be an age limit, IMO, but not for the reason Battier mentioned.