Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr is tired of all the hypocrisy.
On Monday, the seven-time NBA champion called out the NCAA for banning underclassmen who declared early for the draft, sign a sports agent but were not fortunate enough to get picked by any NBA team.
“Let’s do what’s best for the kid and give them some options, and work together between the NBA and NCAA to find the right system,” he said. “I think it’s entirely doable if you people just open their eyes.”
Kerr said he could not see the harm if the school, or the NCAA for that matter, welcomes back the player and hone his skills further to improve his chances in the future.
“We talk about amateurism and all this stuff, but if you’re truly trying to do what’s right for the kid, and the kid declares for the draft and doesn’t get drafted, you know what? Welcome him back,” he added. “Do something good for the kids.”
The NCAA has been fighting an image problem right now after the pay-for-play scandal blew up and dragged the prestigious schools and the top recruits into the mess. It also tainted the legacies of NBA rookies like Kyle Kuzma of the Los Angeles Lakers or Dennis Smith Jr. of the Dallas Mavericks.
This prompted some NBA players, like Lonzo Ball for instance, who said that the NCAA should pay the players because the organization is making money out of their hard work through merchandise and licensing rights.
There’s also another challenge in the horizon as the NBA is contemplating taking away the one-and-done rule.
According to the report, NBA commissioner Adam Silver is currently on a listening tour to gauge the reception of the concept in the wake of the college payoff scandal. The alleged source said that they “are looking at changing the relationship we have with players before they reach the NBA.”
The most successful high-school players who made the jump to the NBA were Kobe Bryant, Kevin Garnett, and Daryl Dawkins.