Is a 19-year-old an Adult in the NBA?

Steph RockwoodCorrespondent IFebruary 27, 2008

Raising the NBA draft age to 19 solved absolutely nothing.  I don't know about Maurice Cheeks and George Karl, but personally I wouldn't want a guy on my team that still relies on his mother to do his laundry and still gets allowance from his father.

No one could have said it better, when NBA great, Michael Jordan said, "Kids shouldn't come out of school as early as they do.  A year in college isn't enough.  They shouldn't be allowed to come out until they are adults -- 21 years old."  In this same article in the February 25th issue of ESPN Magazine, he goes on to say that kids are coming into the league, which are not fully mature yet.

I thought the whole point of raising the age was to guarantee that these players were ready for NBA level competition.  There are some that at the age of 19 are indeed ready.  On the other hand, there's a higher number that aren't.

Is it really in the best interest of the athlete to opt out of a college education?  Your college years are supposed to be the best years of your life.  These players are being forced to grow up at an absurd rate.

Now, what happens if, three or four years down the road, the athlete in question suffers a career ending injury?  What do they do now?  Is he really going back to the classroom?  The answer for most of them is probably not.  What kind of life can they give their families, as well as themselves?

If you’re on the same page as me, you're saying to yourself, "not a very good life at all."  There is always going to be the chance that some of the players are going to have the mentality of Vince Carter, who even though he entered the draft after his junior year at North Carolina, managed to get his college degree while playing professional basketball.

What's next David Stern, are you going to suggest that kids skip out of high school too?  Something needs to be done.  The NBA should be a place for adults, not my college classmates.