. Good for them! Some high school basketball players skip college altogether, yet are viewed favorably. Shouldn't they be called 'None & Done?” When any person devotes a bunch of time and other resources towards developing a skill, why should a person not monetize those abilities at the earliest opportunity in order to earn a living via the honest route? The main reason most of these players are in college is to play basketball and make money for the colleges. It is not to get a college degree. Please.
The colleges understand this, which is why these players are given many “leeways” that non-athlete students do not get.
Get over it!
Many of those who are against “One & Dones” are haters of elevators.
The rest of those who are against “One & Dones” are those who are mad their pockets can't get pad(ded). These people don't like the fact that they can no longer make money off of the really good athletes who decide to turn pro. Those athletes who decide to take their talents elsewhere and to no longer be controlled as college property. Property because they are bought and paid for by athletic scholarships so they can work for the colleges in the college basketball entertainment business. In return, these highly talented athletes are given room, board, status, frivolities, “get out of jail free” cards and other stuff we can't talk about.
If your thought process about any individual's behavior never takes into account the two forms of control (money and power), then your thought process is incomplete.
If your thought process about what is going on in the world, never takes into account the two forms of control (money and power), then your thought process is incomplete.
If your thought process about what is going on between people* or groups of people, never takes into account the two forms of control (money and power), then your thought process is incomplete.
*for instance., With the assistance of many liars, James “Cry Baby Boy Brat” Dolan's continued assault on Charles Oakley
Do not make the mistake of thinking the National Basketball Association is separate from the College Basketball Association. Each is a stage and form of the other. To consider professional sports as separate from college sports would be the same as mistaking the education system in a country as being separate from its legal system. They are all interrelated institutions working together and supporting each other. Do not be distracted by their dysfunction. Though all these institutions are dysfunctional, their main function of working together to maintain money and power for the relatively few, is still intact.
College basketball is the farm system for the NBA.
College basketball is the greenhouse nursery for seedlings to develop before being planted on the plantation of the NBA.
For non-athletes, college is the farm system for corporations and governments (the workplace).
College is the greenhouse nursery for seedlings to develop before being employed in the field (the plantation).
Most college basketball players have the goal of making it to the NBA, yet, most college basketball players understand most of them will never make it to the NBA. Any college athlete who does not make it into the professional ranks is given a college degree as a consolation prize, a parting gift. “Here, take this piece of paper and try to convince someone to hire you based on skills extremely common in the workplace than the skills of NBA basketball players. Here, take this piece of paper and work for 45 years and only perhaps make what an NBA player makes in 1 or 2 years.” Why would anyone put that piece of paper, called a college degree, first? Especially when there's a better way, a better option, a better choice to make money, which is the purpose of going to college in the first place?
So when all the stars align for an athlete to make that climb from the first rung of the ladder to the fifth rung of the ladder, why not take that One & Done giant leap instead of taking baby steps?
Go ahead and jump out of the college line where you make NO money.
Jump into the NBA line where you get PAID to play!
We are told the reason to go to college is to get a good education. That's a big fat white lie.
I must now repeat an earlier point: The reason any person goes to college is so they can make more money.**
The reason to go to college is not to get a degree and be “educated.” The only people who believe this are those who are drunk on miseducation. On this point I was once an alcoholic.
If a college student can get their money via the sports route rather than the paper route, then more power to them.
College basketball players who choose to be One & Done are athletic entrepreneurs who should be applauded for developing a product (themselves), bringing it to market, showing proof of concept and then selling to a higher bidder.
College coaches do this. Nobody questions the sensibility of their logic for going where the money is. Why not? Because most college coaches are good ole white boys. On the other hand, the majority of the One & Done basketball players are young black men.
Play on players!
Don't be mad at the players. It's the NBA that's willing to pay these players to step away.
If colleges don't like it, then colleges should pay athletes and then perhaps more of them would stay.
The NBA is poaching players away from college and it's legal.
In the game of money and power, somebody's gotta win, somebody's gotta lose.
Basketball players are waking up and taking back some money and power. It's a new day for how the game is being played.
**The reason to go to college is to also get you to pay for training. It is also to get millions of people to pay tens of thousands of dollars each to support a business (the college education system).
College athletes just might be smarter than non-athletes. Athletes don't pay to go to college like most of us. Then they have the opportunity to go in a career where they get paid a lot more than most college graduates.
The competition to become an NBA player is far less than the number of college graduates competing for jobs. Sounds pretty smart to me to be an athlete, especially a One & Done athlete.
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