The debate about the NBA’s age limit will wage on forever.
The way the rule is currently structured, NBA prospects have to spend at least a year in college regardless of whether or not an NBA team would be willing to draft them as 18 year olds. There is currently a push, led by new commissioner Adam Silver, to extend that age limit to 20, forcing players to spend two seasons at the collegiate level.
The reasons why make good business sense. If NBA owners are going to be investing millions of dollars into a player, they want to make sure that they do their due diligence in scouting the athlete. The more time the player spends in college, the more time NBA organizations have to decide whether, for example, Joel Embiid will be the next Hakeem Olajuwon or the next Greg Oden or if Andrew Wiggins is going to be the second-coming of Scottie Pippen or another Rudy Gay.
It also reduces the amount of money the teams have to spend on development. The number of kids that can contribute significant minutes to an NBA team immediately out of high school are miniscule. LeBron did. Kevin Durant probably would have been able to. Beyond that, even the elite prospects need a couple years worth of seasoning before they’re really ready to be a starter. Force them to spend two seasons in college, and you’re drafting players more likely to play immediately instead of funding their development.
From a business perspective, it makes sense.
But that doesn’t make it right.
Take it away, Pablo:
Wichita State senior forward Anton Grady received some positive news on Saturday as a neurosurgeon reviewed MRI results, which are negative for spinal cord trauma.
According to a release from Wichita State, doctors believed Grady suffered a spinal cord concussion during a collision on Friday after he was taken off the floor in a stretcher and taken to a hospital in an ambulance. CT and MRI scans on Friday both turned up negative, but the news of Saturday’s results are an even more encouraging sign for Grady.
The injury for Grady occurred during a Friday loss to Alabama during the AdvoCare Invitational as the senior’s condition has improved since the collision. Grady will receive physical therapy over the next few days and doctors will check his progress before he is released from the hospital.
Grady has been alert and responsive to questions and had feeling in his extremities on Friday, but the use of his arms and legs was limited. By Saturday morning, Grady had improved the use of his extremities.
The 6-foot-8 Grady has averaged 9 points and 6 rebounds per game this season in his first season with the Shockers. The Cleveland State transfer is shooting 39 percent from the field.
Colorado sophomore forward Tory Miller has been reprimanded by the Pac-12 and he also apologized for biting Air Force’s Hayden Graham earlier this week.
During Colorado’s win over Air Force on Wednesday, Miller was assessed a Flagrant 2 Dead Ball Technical Foul and ejected with 12:25 left in the second half after biting Graham during a loose ball.
In a release from the Pac-12, they announced reprimanding Miller, but he will not be suspended.
“All of our student-athletes must adhere to the Pac-12’s Standards of Conduct and Sportsman-ship,” Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott said in the release. “Regardless of Mr. Miller’s frustration and emotion, such behavior is unacceptable and he is being appropriately reprimanded.”
Miller also released his apology in the same release.
“I would like to apologize for my actions during the Air Force game. I would like to apologize to Hayden Graham, Air Force, my teammates and fans. It was a heat of the moment thing. I’m an emotional player, but I let my emotions get the best of me. I will use this as a learning experience and focus on helping my teammates and respecting my opponents for the rest of the season and beyond,” Miller said.
For Miller to not be suspended for this is good news for him and Colorado since he won’t miss any additional action, but did the Pac-12 make the right decision on this?