Kobe disagrees with NBA raising age limit

Kobe speaks out on the NBA and it’s talk about raising the age limit. Something interesting about it is some of the MVP candidates this year all came out of high school (KG, Kobe, Bron):

L.A. Times: Kobe Bryant does not think the NBA should push the age limit up to twenty, according to the Los Angeles Times.

“It should be up to the kid,” said Bryant, who was drafted in 1996 right out of high school. “That’s a kid’s decision, his choice. We’ve had situations that worked out with high-school kids coming out. Others haven’t done too well. It all depends on the individual.”

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  • LakerHome

    “Others haven’t done too well”, also known as Kwame Brown. LOL

  • http://myspace.com/hzm hZm

    Personally, I’m all for an age limit. I’d like to see some of these guys stay in college for a couple years rather than just being one and done.

    They’ll be more polished when entering the league also.

  • e

    i agree with kobe on this one

  • http://ld2k.com LD2k

    I’m mixed. One year in college is enough imo. If they feel they are ready after one year of discipline… so be it.

  • Phant0M

    iM not.
    Im with Kobe. If you wanna go straight to the NBA then go.

    The greatest talents can come straight from highschool.

    Other from your Kobes and your LebroNs

    you got talent such as bynum and howard.

    So High SchooL Players can be very talented. Don’t change.

  • Voice_of_Reason

    I hate how their changing all the rules for the next generation.
    College isnt for everybody – coach k

  • ab4sure

    Two years in college would do the NBA players a service. Not only would it refine their game because basketball fundamentals are sorely lacking in the NBA, but most young players are just too immature. Case in point, Al Thornton stayed all four years and he seems to have a head start on many players drafted ahead of him. Of course there are exceptions, but even in so called exceptions the advantages outweigh the early entry. Even Kobe would have come into the league much more mature having played under Coach K. It benefited the lakers because they would not have gotten Kobe. MJ learned alot by playing under Dean Smith.

  • wong63

    They should raise the age becuz the college teams suck and the people coming out of college so by raising the age they wild increase the talent of the NCAA and by that it wild be more enjoying to watch just like this year college basketball has gotten better and more interesting to watch and by going to college they would be more seasoned for the NBA and would raise the talent level in most cases of the NBA Draft too

  • BringDFishBack

    I completely disagree and for the exact same reason why he thinks it shouldn’t be that way. The decision should not be the kid’s. The decision should be made by an adult, and before you go to at least 2 years of college imo you are not able to make a good choice. These kids see fame and fortune but do not make the choice that is best for them.

    Also, look at the guys who have turned out good who did come straight from high school. Kobe, Lebron, Dwight are all great, but all have major flaws. All are very flashy over fundamental. All of them are pretty lazy. Dwight has never been able to add a nice offensive game, which he could have learned in college. Kobe sat on the bench for the beginning of his career, time he could have spent learning more and how to involve his teammates instead of taking 10 years to learn it in the NBA.

  • http://lakers.com Billy Kupchak

    i think kobe t-mac JO and bynum all should have played in college, they would have gotton way more expierence in college,

    the best players ever went to college,
    Magic, Kareem, West, Baylor