HeadtopChunes wrote:Yeah it’s a pretty great deal honestly. Looks like Isaiah Todd just joined too.
Team in Socal meant specifically for development ( not part of gleague ecosystem but will play exhibition games erc)
Full Ride scholarship
I don’t see why any top prospect should turn that down.
If the NBA is smart, they try to get 6-8 of the top kids and make it a huge event where each new kid “gets chosen”.
And all of these kids live on a campus somewhere like US Soccer did for a decade or so with the Bradenton Academy that produced Landon Donovan.
Add a Nike Academy-level video production team and you might have something that could be more enticing to young ballers and could potentially be better for their brand long term than college.
The obvious question though that is unique to our labor laws...is this child labor? That’s why this is such a confusing and complicated situation in the United States specifically.
Is the NBA the only private business that gets to do this? Does the NBA own these kids contractually like the International soccer model?
Are all these questions a waste of time because we’re arguing about an imaginary word - “amateurism”? And if we don’t adapt, are we providing a lesser environment to develop our American athlete prodigies compared to the rest of the world (ie Doncic playing professionally since 16)? Do sports even matter? lol