No Boys Allowed Essay

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Some of the greatest stars in the NBA were drafted straight out of high school. Lebron James, Kobe Bryant, and Dwight Howard are just a few examples. With stars coming from all over the world, the NBA is home to a very diverse community. As much as the league is open arms to foreign players, there is one group the league wants nothing to do with: 18 year old ballers. (Palladino 1) Even though, as of 2006, the NBA eligibility rule states that a player entering the NBA draft must be at least nineteen years old and a year removed from high school. It is still a huge debate in the sports world of whether or not this rule is the right choice. Before the rule was set in place, NBA commissioner David Stern said, “We have the right to set an age limit in the collective bargaining agreement.” The rule he was referring to was eventually put into action. This rule by the NBA is a terrible rule. The following will present to you the reasoning behind my points of view on this matter. The first reason why I do not agree with this age discriminating rule is that most of these players come from poverty stricken families that are desperate for more financial help. Second, College Basketball stands to profit more money off of the stud players that are made to come to college and players have no motivation to be a student. Lastly, the risk the risk from a lottery draft pick to spend one year in college is too high. While I encourage most basketball players to go to college and advance their education to the next level, those special individuals whose athletic ability gives them the opportunity to provide for themselves and compete at the highest level should not be denied the opportunity based the current requirements. High school basketball players should be mature enough to make their own decisions about their career paths, so the NBA shouldn't deny them. Furthermore, other

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