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LeBron James Criticizes NCAA for Creating the 'Rich Paul Rule' for NBA Agents

Paul KasabianSenior ContributorAugust 7, 2019

CHARLOTTE, NC - FEBRUARY 16: (L-R) Anthony Davis, LeBron James, Rich Paul, Ben Simmons, and Miles Bridges attend the Klutch 2019 All Star Weekend Dinner Presented by Remy Martin and hosted by Klutch Sports Group at 5Church on February 16, 2019 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Dominique Oliveto/Getty Images for Klutch Sports Group 2019 All Star Weekend)
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LeBron James appeared to swiftly criticize the NCAA's new policy detailing requirements for agents looking to represent men's college basketball players considering entry into the NBA draft:

LeBron James @KingJames

#TheRichPaulRule

LeBron James @KingJames

不不不不不不不不不不不 Cant Stop, Wont Stop! They BIG MAD and Scared . Nothing will stop this movement and culture over here. Sorry! Not sorry.

Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports tweeted the list:

Jon Rothstein @JonRothstein

Sources: The NCAA has officially added criteria for agents who wish to represent student athletes testing the waters for the NBA Draft. Criteria: - Bachelor's Degree - Certified with NBPA for a minimum of three years - Take an in-person exam at the NCAA Office in Indianapolis

James is represented by Rich Paul of Klutch Sports, who does not have a college degree. Paul also represents Anthony Davis, Ben Simmons, Draymond Green and Eric Bledsoe, among others.

Chris Paul, who is not represented by Rich Paul or Klutch Sports, also took to Twitter to criticize the rule:

Chris Paul @CP3

I COMPLETELY disagree with the NCAAs decision. Some life experiences are as valuable, if not more, than diplomas... Yall need to rethink this process. This is crazy!

The new rules come at a time where some high-profile names have skipped college ball in favor of other options.

Darius Bazley took a year off and trained before the Oklahoma City Thunder selected him 23rd overall in this year's draft. After deciding to skip school, he signed with Paul and earned a seven-figure deal with New Balance last year, per Marc Stein of the New York Times.

RJ Hampton will play for the New Zealand Breakers and signed a multimillion-dollar endorsement deal with Li-Ning, per ESPN's Nick DePaula.

Although there's no direct evidence suggesting the NCAA targeted Paul, James wasn't the only person to connect the new rules to the agent. The Athletic's David Aldridge and former NBA player Matt Barnes did the same:

David Aldridge @davidaldridgedc

Good Lord, yall scared of Rich Paul.

Matt Barnes @Matt_Barnes22

@JonRothstein White agents are mad!! Lol Rich Paul is changing the game.. Respect my brother #MoreThanAthletes

Per HoopsHype, Paul represents 20 NBA players.