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Kentucky Wildcats Morning Quickies: NBA Edition

The NBA wants to change the “one and done,” but to what?

NCAA Basketball: Kentucky at Florida Matt Stamey-USA TODAY Sports

Good morning, ladies and gentlemen of the Big Blue Nation, and welcome to the Tuesday Morning Quickies.

As we lurch forward into tournament season, the Kentucky Wildcats are demonstrating exactly what we have seen with teams of this experience before (2014, anyone?) — inconsistency. The loss at Florida looked very similar to the loss the Wildcats suffered in College Station against Texas A&M, and was a reversion to last month’s nasty basketball.

But this team has been a poor road performer all season long, and the road games are done. Now, Kentucky gets to play at neutral sites, and all I can say is this: No excuses.

NBA One and Done

Okay, moving on to the even bigger recent news, comes now the NBA to rescue college basketball with some as yet undefined removal of the “one and done” rule. There are no details other than re-engaging young players earlier and providing them with “better training.”

What this appears to boil down to is going back to drafting high school players, then providing something like the G-League (as the NBA development league is now known) for those players who wish to earn money right away and not go to college who might be good enough to make it in the league eventually.

How this will help eliminate the agents from college basketball is questionable, at best, to me. Even if the NBA siphons off the elite talent and the promising-but-needing-money next level, that still leaves a lot of talented players going to college basketball. Many of them will become NBA prospects, which will instantly draw flies in the form of NBA agents.

But it’s early. Perhaps something meaningful will come out of this discussion, and I think it’s a good discussion to have. My concern is an overreaction to the whole FBI thing, which could result in a system that does more harm than good. The NBA is a business, not a social services organization (no matter how hard they try to convince us otherwise), and the impact to the league’s bottom line is always going to be the driving force.

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Bam denies being there. Hope he remembers that we live in a time where there are cameras everywhere.

As an aside, the byline on that article makes me want to hurl. Hat tip: Courier-Journal.

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