From everything I've heard, it looks like they'll jump as well. I think Al could still go to college, but don't know if Swift can get the grades.Originally posted by <b>ArtestFan</b>!
Robert Swift, and Al Jefferson are up in the air depending on how they do in pre-draft workouts.
Its not that. These guys want the money NOW, they have "people" in they're ear all the time telling them HOW GREAT THEY ARE. Its sickeningOriginally posted by <b>jokeaward</b>!
What's so bad about college? You aren't prime at eighteen, anyway.
No whats sickening is people telling these guys that they are ready when its clear that they are not.Originally posted by <b>ArtestFan</b>!
What's so sickening about it? I would want the money NOW too if I knew there was a good chance that if I waited a couple of years, the money wouldn't be there anymore. It's not like these "people" are giving out bad advice -- when a guy truly isn't ready to jump, like James Lang or Omar Cook, they usually tell him not to jump. Those two guys jumped against all advice.
i'm a believer that even if you leave when your not ready, you will still make it back to the league whether thru NBDL, summer league etc. Look at Frank WIlliams, if he left a year earlier he would've been lottery, instead he stayed an extra year and became last 1st round pick. There was interview on YES and Telfair pretty much said he's going to louisville for sure, but even if he doesnt, he'll make it in the league, sooner or later. Look at Omar Cook, yea he made a bad choice, but now he's ready and he's back and only 22.
Yeah, that's the biggest problem, kids having coaches/agents telling them they're better than they really are.
It is true that there are people telling guys that they should go pro, when they aren't ready simply so they can make some $ off of them. But the fact is NBA scouts tell these players and their agents the truth, for fear of hurting future relationships. They tell the players if they will be drafted or they tell him "if this player isn't there we will take you", and then when that player is there you get players like Omar Cook who slip to the 2nd round when he thought he was a 1st rounder.