Makin’ That Paper

Ok, now that I have your attention.  I had to get at least one Mbenga shot into this blog at some point.

I simply cannot help myself.  To the sports world, talking about whether or not a kid should have to go to college or not is along the lines of Christians discussing abortion, Creationism, The Big Bang Theory, the chicken or the egg, even the ever popular question of who framed Roger Rabbit?

Fine.  Sure.  It might not be on that level.  However, it is always a conversation that leaves the college purist scrambling around the bar looking for supporters, sweating like a kid whose parents just caught him watching porn and trying to justify that he was watching a movie on Skinemax before the soft-core moaning erupted.  Meanwhile,  the usually lone NBA fan stands casual saying, “I am already in the minority with this argument, so hit me with your best shot”.

Regardless of how you feel, I’m not going to pull any punches because I am very emotional about the idea of going to the league.  I am a million percent in favor of these kids going to the league if they want to go to the league.  To fathom that people put so much value on education blows my mind.  You have a kid, probably being pursued early in his high school career by major college programs, so he knows that his education is going to be free.  However, let’s consider the player that is a poor student.  His parents do not value education because regardless of his GPA, he will make big bucks. So, if the student/athlete does not care about bettering his educational life, then why should we?  The league is a BUSINESS.

Honestly, if Lebron James decides to go straight to the NBA, blow out his knee and cannot read a Dr. Seuss book, why do I care?  Does Lebron care if I sleep in a cardboard box or my king size bed?  Not a chance.  My point is that these guys that basically take a dump on their education to pursue hoop dreams have made a choice.  Do I commend all of those athletes out there that finish their degrees or go back and receive them…absolutely.  Good for them.  But, if you mean to tell me that I have to hear another person tell me about how important college is to these young men, then they can go fly a kite.  I graduated from the University of Kansas.  I have shared class with some of the NBA’s young talent.  Trust me.  My out-of-state tuition has no problem funding a baller sitting in the back row with his hood up listening to Jay-Z.  Clearly, they have made a choice.  It is very obnoxious to hear the same old song and dance.  This is the classic line right here:

“Jon, what about all of those guys made the jump and it didn’t work out”?

Well friends, let me tell you.  At the risk of dropping life bombs on you, I’ll leave it at this.  We make choices in our lives that are sometimes good, and sometimes bad.  Say what you want, but if I am a lottery pick and make millions of dollars and blow out my quad tomorrow…sign me up.  We scoff at the idea of making 1.5 million dollars, but that is an amount of money that many of us will never make in our lifetime.  Regardless if I can’t read the Men/Women sign on the bathroom, with millions of dollars, I can find a way to make a living.

Wrap your mind around this process.  For those of you that don’t know, a player with the intentions of joining the draft in the summer can essentially play the entire season without attending one class the spring term.  How does that grab ya?  So if you college lovers out there are so happy that Michael Beasley and Kevin Durant gave you one year of cheap thrills, just know that if B-Easy doesn’t show up for your bowling class anymore, it is because he has decided to stop humoring you with talks of returning.  Even though every draft board and expert says he is a lock as a top 5 pick, you go ahead and say how much you love the idea of him returning next year.  That is as valuable to me as Akron fans saying, “if only the year rule was intact for Lebron”.

Again folks, why do we deprive these young men the opportunity to get paid?  Why waste their time with a semester of college when they truly do not value it?  I’ll be the first to tell you that watching Kevin Durant in Allen Fieldhouse a few years ago was without a doubt the best live performance I have ever witnessed.  He could have made the jump.  Pay these guys their money.  I have said it before and I will say it again.  There is a reason people do not go watch open heart surgeries.  No one watches an accountant do taxes.  People want to be entertained, and if Kobe, Lebron, KG or Shaun Livingston have the opportunity to play against the best athletes in the world, then so be it.  Livingston signed on for 14.5 million before touching the NBA court.  Whether or not he is a superstar or showing you to your seat at the Staples Center, he has enough money to last him a lifetime.

Stop wasting players time. Stop wasting college basketball’s time.  If these guys want to jump to the league, then it is what it is.  Like Lupe Fiasco says, if the opportunity is there, who are we to deprive them the chance to “stack that cheese”.

Casey and JonJon


6 Responses to “Makin’ That Paper”

  1. Dave H. Says:

    I couldn’t agree more with you. However, I wouldn’t go around quoting the likes of Lupe Fiasco the next time you’re scrambling around the bar looking for supporters!

  2. Daniel Surprenant Says:

    I agree with you 100 Jon I mean I got my degree from ISU and what has it got me nothing but no job and debt to pay. If I could have been good enough to play ball in college and get drafted to the pro’s it is a no brainer I would go straight to the pro’s without finishing college. Opportunities will not wait around forever you have to take them when you have the chance.

  3. Brad Says:

    Make that paper baby….we let 18 year old kids join the army with no college education, but we cant let a inner city kid from detroit live his dream, make millions, and spend his money in america, which is a country that could use every penny he makes. HOlllA

  4. Zack Says:

    While i really dont care how stupid the avg NBA player is and if they want to go pro right out of school so be it. I think you left out the buisness of college basketball. According to this article on Forbes UNC made almost 17 million last year. Drawing a few assumptions if UNC hadnt produced/(had on the roster) star atheletes as MJ, Vince Carter, and Tyler Hansbrough they never could imagine making that kind of money. So in my mind the push to get these “stars” to go to college isnt really for their own good. There is always some who stands to make a profit off of someone else’s talents.

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  6. K-Lew Says:

    The only issue I have with your post is showing Shaun Livingston’s knee. That shit is gross. Zack hits the nail on the head in terms of why the NCAA forces kids to play one year of college ball. They want to profit off of the kid as much as the kid wants to profit off of an NBA owner. It’s not right, but it’s reality. Look out for this current lawsuit brought on by Ed O’Bannon to really stick it to Myles Brand and the NCAA for their continued use of former college players in revenue generating commercials. I expect a major precedent to be set.

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