The NBA is currently looking into implementing a minor league system like the MLB.  High School players would be able to go straight to the NBA Development League until they are ready to go to the NBA. I happen to be on the fence when it comes to this subject, I believe the NBA and the NCAA can work together to come up with a better solution.

College basketball is big business, there is large amount of money invested and made off of college basketball. Players going to the NDBL out of high school will have a negative effect on college basketball. The money that colleges get from their basketball teams does not only benefit the athletic program, therefore other students will feel the effects of a rule change like this.

The argument for a minor league approach is that many players are only spending one year in college and the schools are making money off the players. Some players are in need of the financial support. I support the athletes receiving stipends for attending the schools and playing basketball. The schools should provide the stipends based on a sliding scale, players who are ranked higher coming out of high school should receive the highest amount. Schools who cannot afford to provide a stipend may not be able to attract the up level player but the upper level player most likely was not considering that school anyway. By paying the athletes this may eliminate the need to go pro based on financial needs.

The other rule I believe that should be put in place is to allow college players to return to school in he or she goes undrafted. The Should stands now if a players does not remove his name from the draft before the draft takes place he loses his eligibility. By allowing the undrafted player to return to school the player and the school will benefit. As long as the players has not signed with an agent or has signed any endorsement deals the player should be able to return to school and play.

I understand that sports whether college or professional is a business but the focus should be on what is best for the player. People have to remember in most cases these are kids we are talking about, life altering decision are tough for someone who is in their 40’s so imagine how tough it is for an 18 year old.

Michael Jordan is considered by most to be the greatest basketball player of all time. The question comes up who is numbers two. Recently, Magic Johnson was mention but I am not going to address the Magic issue. The argument that I mostly hear about is it LeBron or Kobe? Let me preference this by stating I am not a fan of either player, I respect both of their games and what they have accomplished in the game and for the game of basketball.

When I look at LeBron and Kobe’s career up until this point I would have to give the nod to LeBron. First LeBron career is not over so for this to be a debate means that LeBron has accomplished enough up until this point to be even consider number two. Where Kobe has an edge on LeBron is his competitiveness. Kobe is an assassin, he will do anything in his power to win and he always well prepared for the game. LeBron has been to 8 finals with 7 of them being consecutive, this is a great feat in itself, I know he has lost more than he has won but regardless finals with three different teams is outstanding. I say three different teams because the first Cavaliers team was completely different. The argument people will make on Kobe’s behalf is that Kobe has 5 rings and LeBron only has three. But people quickly forget Kobe was not the leader of the Lakers for the first three championships, Shaq was the MVP of those teams. For the first two championships seasons Kobe did not make the All-NBA first team. Kobe was Robin to Shaq’s Batman. This maybe a hard pill for Kobe fans to swallow but fact are facts. LeBron was the leader on all his teams, even in Miami Wade turned over the leadership role to LeBron.

Now I am not saying LeBron is the second greatest player of all-time, what I am saying is in my opinion he should be ahead of Kobe on the list. The Magic Johnson argument I will address at a later time if needed. I believe for a player’s name to mention as the second greatest players of all-time means the player has exceed his goals.