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McGrady Bias to NBA’s Age Limit Restrictions

December 13, 2010

Tracy McGrady has a point, but then again, its just a point. 18 year olds lives can change in a matter of moments when declaring for the NBA draft. The league is so much faster nowadays, I can’t see a kid straight from high school keeping up. Rules need to stay the same or extend them even. McGrady needs to wake up.

From Freep:

MINNEAPOLIS — Tracy McGrady seems to have an opinion on every subject.

So it’s no surprise that he would have something to say about the news this week that the NBA labor union was seeking to end the league’s rule against high school players jumping to the NBA, through the collective bargaining process.

“I’m biased to that, so you know my opinion is based on me agreeing with what the union is trying to do,” McGrady said before the Pistons’ morning shoot-around Friday at the Target Center. “They never should have changed it.”

This news strikes home with McGrady, 31, because he was drafted by the Toronto Raptors in 1997 after establishing himself as the No. 1 high school player in the country.

McGrady, Kobe Bryant and Kevin Garnett are examples of players who have enjoyed spectacular careers after entering the league from high school. But there were those who didn’t make it, so the league instituted the restriction during the 2005-06 season.

The age restriction requires a player to be at least 19 during the calendar year of the draft, and be at least one year removed from his high school graduation class.

“I understand why they changed it, because (coming out early) was ruining a lot of these young guys’ lives,” McGrady said. “You hear about the guys that made it. You don’t hear about the guys that didn’t make it and ruined their lives. …

“But I’m biased to the situation. If a team feels a guy is talented enough to come out and they draft him, that’s on the team.”

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