Barack Obama explains why the NBA can't use the NCAA as a 'farm system'
One of the hot-button issues in basketball these days is what the NCAA should do to stop players, coaches and agents engaging in pay-for-play schemes.
Everyone from LeBron James to John Calipari has weighed in, and during the Sloan Conference this week, former president Barack Obama shared his thoughts on the matter.
Obama said he thinks the NBA’s developmental league, called the “G-League,” is the long-term answer to keeping money out of the college game (via USATODAY.com):
The former president said the NBA would be smart to embrace a “‘well-structured” G-League “so that the NCAA is not serving as a farm system for the NBA with a bunch of kids who are unpaid but are under enormous financial pressure.” The former president felt that type of system “won’t solve all the problems but what it will do is reduce the hypocrisy.”
The G-League has been growing in recent years, but it’s still nowhere close to challenging the NCAA in terms of being a draw for young athletes.
Perhaps if better coaches join the league and salaries rise, more high schoolers could consider the option. For now though, the NCAA is the place to be to get your name out there.