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From the wires, Stern and Union agree to play...

Click Here (sports.yahoo.com)

Looks like details will be disclosed over the next few weeks. I'm sure the league got the age requirement and the long term contract reduction. The player's tax could go either way. It's not mentioned, but the players for sure win once again re: drug testing, at least until Congress gets heavy-handed.

Glad this happened. I'm not crazy about the NBA at the moment, but I'd rather have it around rather than the league go the way of the NHL

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I like the minimum draft age being 19. That will stop a lot of players from going straight to the NBA who dont belong there.
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    Originally posted by StaggerLee
    I like the minimum draft age being 19. That will stop a lot of players from going straight to the NBA who dont belong there.

Like LeBron? Yes, I know he is a super exception, but there was no reason to force him to play college ball with the type of season he put together in his rookie year. I can't imagine they would be able to make exceptions for the mega-talented like him.



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It'll stop people going directly from high school to the pros (and we're only talking about, what, 8 kids a year max?), but those who would've gone at 18 are surely going to go in at 19 anyway. Instead of spending a year in the NBA, they'll

a) be playing in a foreign league or the soon to be expanded D-League (either by choice, or by not fitting NCAA regulations)

b) be at Basketball School, with a coach building a program around giving this guys a showcase year and finding a course schedule more set to keep them NCAA eligible for the year rather than a degree.

For all the talk about helping the college game by keeping more kids there, mostly from bystanders, I think the NBA would prefer A. Surely, you're going to get a different life experience being a minor leaguer for a year than as a treasured part of a university.

I wouldn't be surprised if someone down the line brought the NBA in court about this; not as much for the 19 age limit, but because it sounds as though foriegn born players will be able to get in 18 and it's an unfair double standard.



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If anything, I'd rather these high school players skip college entirely and just spend a couple years in the NBDL ... That would help destroy the sham that is the NCAA (aka the NBA's free farm system) and give these kids a chance to learn some fundamentals before being "unleashed" onto the big leagues.






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I wouldn't be surprised if someone down the line brought the NBA in court about this; not as much for the 19 age limit, but because it sounds as though foriegn born players will be able to get in 18 and it's an unfair double standard.

I think I saw that it's 19 for foreign players too... yup, Fox Sports (as ESPN crashes IE at work) sez so:

    Originally posted by Fox Sports
    On the age limitation, American players will have to wait one year after their high school class graduates before they can become draft eligible. International players will have to turn 19 by the end of the calendar year in which they become draft eligible.


Besides, even if it didn't, it's collectively bargained, so 18-year-olds that want in can't overturn the rule. (Then again, isn't that what they said about the NFL?)



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    I think I saw that it's 19 for foreign players too... yup, Fox Sports (as ESPN crashes IE at work) sez so:


My fault for trusting Chad Ford's pre-announcement details.

Anyone else notice they're increasing the active roster from 12 to 14 (again, according to ESPN; NBA.com's press release just says "an average of 14 on the roster", which could mean a lot less); with the ability to send kids to the D League, is that the end of the injury list?

I'll miss the convenient tendinitis injuries.

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Glad to see they got this done. I was getting very worried there. I would've eventually found something else to do, but dammit, they always seem to have to renegotiate the CBA whenever the Pacers are a favorite to win the championship, heehee.



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I think the age limit is great, I wish it was 20 but I can understand that they had to compromise.

The important thing is, it gets NBA scouts out of high school gyms, maybe the agents too. Plus even making guys go to college one year can weed out some of the early jumpers. And that can only make the NBA game better.

i dont think youll see alot of the top-tier Amrican high schoolers making the jump to Europe either. The game is different over there, they could take a year just to adjust to the international game. So I think youll see them just head to the big US schools and jump after a year if they think they are ready.



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Good, it removes the dark cloud of negative press that they were getting that would have exploded once the Finals end tonight.

Props to Stern & Hunter, for realizing a lockout would have been bad business, even if the situation was resolved before the new season.



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#11 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.12
    Originally posted by thecubsfan
    Anyone else notice they're increasing the active roster from 12 to 14 (again, according to ESPN; NBA.com's press release just says "an average of 14 on the roster", which could mean a lot less); with the ability to send kids to the D League, is that the end of the injury list?

The thing I saw said yes, no more injury list.



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