'The new rule that says players must be at least one year removed from high school before entering the NBA is "the worst thing that's happened to college basketball since I've been coaching," says Texas Tech coach Bob Knight.
In the Big 12, it might be called the Kevin Durant rule after the Longhorn freshman who leads the conference in scoring and rebounding. Instituted last year by the NBA, it means that talented players must wait at least a year rather than jumping into the pros right out of high school.
Many coaches have said this new approach is a blessing for the college game, because it lets NCAA schools showcase their abilities for at least one season. But Knight, the winningest college coach of all time, said he dislikes it.
"Because now you can have a kid come to school for a year and play basketball and he doesn't even have to go to class," Knight said Monday. "He certainly doesn't have to go to class the second semester. I'm not exactly positive about the first semester. But he would not have to attend a single class the second semester to play through the whole second semester of basketball.
"That, I think, has a tremendous effect on the integrity of college sports." '
Red Blooded, splain it to me. Sounds an awful lot like sour grapes, since it's doubtful Knight could ever recruit an NBA-bound HS senior to come play at Tech...