I usually detest all things Lavar Ball.
He’s loud. He’s obnoxious. He’s an idiot.
But by talking SO MUCH, he finally said something that is a pretty damn good idea… Create a basketball league for high school graduates that ISN’T the NCAA, but instead will pay you to play there instead while pro scouts can see your stuff AND you fulfill the NBA’s requirements for draft eligibility.
Here are the basics:
- It will be fully funded by his Big Baller Brand;
- The lowest-ranked player will be paid a salary of $3,000 a month and the best player $10,000 a month;
- It’ll be roughly 80 players filling 10 teams that will seek to play at NBA arenas in Los Angeles, Dallas, Brooklyn and Atlanta.
All this seems SHOCKINGLY well thought out for a guy who usually just says nonsense ALL THE TIME. But it makes sense.
The amount of “one & done” players in the NCAA is crazy and people get so butthurt that it’s ruining the game… So hey, let’s get rid of those players!
They can go to the JBA, ball out there, and make a small salary along the way, and HOPEFULLY land an NBA contract.
I am not sure if this will actually happen – there’s too much money in college basketball – so I’m sure if Mark Emmert can (and he probably can), he’ll squash this.
BUT, this is one hell of an idea that probably should happen soon. This absolutely puts the whole “the NCAA needs to pay its players*” on the RED hot seat.
* = Personally, I do NOT agree with paying college players. They already go to school for free, get housing, food, etc for free… I’m not sure they deserve a salary on top, BUT this just puts the NCAA in such a bad position that it may have to. ALSO, paying the players goes down a slippery slope. Do you only pay players for sports that make money – or all sports? No offense, but swimming is NOT a big money maker, and football is. Not to mention men’s college basketball would rake, and women’s probably won’t. It brings up an enormous Title IX issue, and that is why – my opinion – the NCAA can’t pay players. The JBA may just shake the balance of things.