Thursday, July 2, 2009


Add Duke's Mike Krzyfhd4ski to the list of college basketball coaches speaking out this summer against what's become known as the NBA's "one-and-done" rule. We don’t blame him.

Three years ago, a new collective bargaining agreement between the NBA's owners and players association passed a rule requiring players to be at least 19 years old and one year beyond the graduation of their high school class before they can enter the NBA draft.

That's led to a lot of players such as Greg Oden, Kevin Durant, Michael Beasley, O.J. “Cash On The Barrelhead” Mayo (left) and Derrick “I’m The NBA Rookie of the Year, But I Still Don’t Know Who Took My S.A.T.s for Me” Rose (below) enrolling in college for one year of basketball before moving on to the pros.

Krzyjklm9ski said at his annual summer news conference that one-and-done has helped the NBA by making players household names before they turn pro, but he questions its value to college basketball.

"It's a smart move (by the NBA). They don't have to pay a cent. They get to see a kid for a year longer. And they're marketed. I think it was fool's gold, really (for college basketball). Oh, we get a kid for a year. I don't think college basketball has benefited from that."

Other coaches, including Oklahoma's Jeff Capel (Duke), are bemoaning the rule that essentially forces some players to attend college against their will even though they may be ready for the NBA. Capel told the Kansas City Star that the rule makes a mockery out of education.Krzymnb6ski said a culture has developed among elite players outside of academic programs where it's best that they go to the NBA.

Krzydkghs5ski points out that “one-and-done” kids frequently come from a different background than even the above average college basketball player.

"I'm not saying it's a bad culture," Krzywww7ski said. "I'm saying it's a different culture that leads to the NBA. Now you're forcing them to go into our culture for eight months. I'm not sure that's (good). We’ve already seen problems from it."

Nonetheless, Krzycxzs3ski sounded pessimistic that the one and done rule will change. It's in the hands of the NBA players' union and the owners, and Krzyqwr8ski said it's not the most pressing issue those parties bring to the bargaining table.

Krzylkjg2ski said college basketball would remain popular without one-and-done players, because it can market the tradition of schools such as Duke vs. North Carolina while the pros hype player matchups such as Kobe vs. LeBron.

Krzynhtd3ski doesn't have an easy solution – “I don't know," he said. "I don't know how you change it."

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