Adam Silver has officially replaced David Stern as the new NBA Commissioner and he’s looking to place his stamp on the game as soon as he can, as he should.
He’s already on the record to saying that he wants the NBA to rival the popularity that the NFL has today, which is a bold statement in itself. But perhaps the statement that is going to be making the most headlines is the plan he’s throwing around that would ban teenagers from the league.
According to NBA.com’s Scott Howard-Cooper, Silver is looking to increase the NBA’s age limit to 20.
Increasing the age limit to 20 is a priority for Adam Silver. It will be a topic of discussion once the union hires an executive director.
— Scott Howard-Cooper (@SHowardCooper) February 6, 2014
In theory, it sounds good…to the NCAA. I’m sure they would absolutely love the idea, if it ever came into fruition. It makes sense. However, for the NBA, it kind of doesn’t. I think the only way it would work is if you’d give these kids the opportunity to come out of high school first.
The NBA should give you the opportunity to come straight from high school to the League, but if you choose college, then you stay two years. I’d be onboard with that. I think that would be a smart way to go.
Kids have proved in the past that they can come out of high school and make it in the NBA, I still don’t know why they’re forcing kids, who have no interest in college, go.
I’m not totally against Silver putting the NBA age limit at 20, but I also don’t agree with forcing kids play at least two years of college. It makes no sense. With a little adjustment, I think it can work.