And it's from another guy named Alessandro, go figure:
Originally posted by Dave D'Alessandro9. Minor league, major commitment. If hockey and baseball can do it, why not the NBA? Make the NBDL a true minor league for player development with NBA teams having control of the development process. Plus, schedule a few NBDL-NBA doubleheaders. It will bring back memories of old NBA doubleheaders at Convention Hall in Philly.
10. Age minimums revisited. Think about raising the entry age to 20. Do it like this: Any high school player committing to a college must do so for two years before entering the draft. If a player does not want to attend college, he can enroll in an underclassman draft for NBDL teams and play for an NBDL salary. After two seasons -- or on his 20th birthday, whichever comes first -- the affiliated NBA team has first option to sign the player. If the player does not like the home-team offer, he can refuse it and enter the NBA draft.
I heartily endorse the part about changing the age requirement so that young players who have the raw talent (but haven't mastered the skill set yet) should play a couple of years in the NBDL before being called up to the big leagues ... Of course, this will cut into the NCAA's precious revenue stream ("student-athlete" be damned!) so they'll do everything in their power to stop this from happening. A shame, really.
While I have sympathy for his physical problems, and wish him the best, why do I think he will come out of his surgery and rehab in better shape than Shaq? (Couldn't resist, especially after the Suns blew them out last night).