|Is the IOC out of its mind?|
|Thursday, February 14, 2013 1:57 PM|
The Olympics are getting rid of wrestling in the 2020 Games?
Running sprints and marathons is very much in line with that but so is wrestling.
Now they are claiming that the ratings and attendance aren’t good for these matches and, of course, that drives things these days, in case you haven’t noticed!
Well, by that logic, get rid of tandem diving, badminton — at least that’s modern because they fix matches! — and on and on.
Kentucky freshman Noel Nerlens blew out his knee the other night and that has brought the one-and-done rule in the NBA into focus.
hey point to success stories like LeBron James, Kobe Bryant and Kevin Garnett, guys that made the jump from high school to the pros pretty well.
Kobe struggled his first couple of years and Garnett slowly worked his way in but definitely was not the dominant force he later became for Minnesota.
It seems to me that too many have only had the advice of an agent telling them they are the greatest player since the invention of sliced bread and when their pro career fails, they have no other recourse.
I understand that many of these kids come from nothing and really want to take care of their families and make a living.
I remember the old hardship rule that used to allow players to come out before they graduated from college: Spencer Haywood challenged the rule that a player had to wait four years after high school to play in The League in court and won. He went to the ABA first.
Moses Malone, Darryl Dawkins and Bill Willoughby also made the jump in the mid-70s but only Moses really lived up to expectations.
Here is something I didn’t know when doing research for this article: in the mid-60s, a player had to wait until a year after his high school class graduated to be eligible to play in the NBA; Reggie Harding was the first to be drafted out of high school (1962) but had to play minor-league ball for a year.
While there are those that think they should have the right to try and make a living — they point to female tennis players being able to turn pro at 14 but I think with the way these kids’ bodies break down over the long and short haul may not be the best example — and I can give them credence; however, I think we can all agree that fundamentals are far too often lacking in the professional game that a year of seasoning in the college game — physical and mental — is of benefit.
Perhaps The League and colleges could work together to have some kind of system where these guys could declare for the NBA Draft — like Nerlens is expected to — and see where they go; if they don’t like it, they would still have their scholarships to lean back on.
The colleges might balk at that — coaches, especially those under fire for not winning, need to know who is coming and if they need to recruit another player — but I think there is going to have to be compromise at whatever decision is made.
This also applies to South Carolina sophomore defensive end Jadeveon Clowney (remember his hit against Michigan?), who some think may not play this year in order to avoid a potential injury and perhaps lose millions of dollars because of it.
He has to wait another year to declare for the NFL Draft, aka The National Holiday, and many think he is a top-5 pick already. One fear of keeping the present system is that these guys will eventually start going overseas right out of high school.