Originally Posted by top6
Why should an adult who has the ability to make millions playing in the NBA have to spend any time risking injury (and the ability to provide for their families, in many cases) playing for free? So that fans can enjoy college basketball tradition? It's absolutely ridiculous, IMO, that any of the professional leagues do this.
Because the labor unions and management agree that it is good for both of them for this to exist. It allows fewer players into the pool so player careers are longer and it allows management to get more information on the players before they are forced to give them millions of dollars. It isn't a decision made with the 18 year old in mind that is true.
As far as the UCLA stuff I thought the article was ok. Howland comes off as a prick and he probably is one. He probably could have handled several of those situations differently and probably wishes he had. I find it difficult to judge him because we don't have all the information and it's also easy to use hindsight to criticize Howland. I don't blame him for the player stuff in terms of partying and drugs and all that. It sounds like he tried to do bed checks and all that to stop it. Players are responsible for their actions.