Adam Silver supports reducing the NBA’s age restriction from 19 to 18 years old: It’s the proper course of action

Adam Silver, the commissioner of the NBA, stated on Tuesday that he is “hopeful” that the NBA’s age restriction would be altered in the upcoming CBA and referred to it as “the appropriate thing to do.”

In 2005, the league changed the age restriction from 18 to 19

The age requirement to enter the NBA draught is now 19 years old, but that might change soon. At his yearly press conference after the league’s board of governors meetings in Las Vegas, Silver expressed his “hope” that the league’s next collective bargaining agreement will reduce the age restriction from 19 to 18.

The age restriction should be raised to 18, according to Silver. After numerous players—including stars like Kevin Garnett, Kobe Bryant, and LeBron James—jumped straight from high school to the league, the age restriction was raised from 18 to 19 in 2005. The players finally agreed to the age limit of 19 as a compromise since David Stern, the league’s commissioner at the time, wanted to raise the age limit to 20.

According to Silver, through ESPN, “I think there’s a potential [to alter it].” “It’s [based] on broader discussions than just whether we go from 19 to 18 but I’m on record: When I balance all of these different considerations, I think that would be the right thing to do and I am hopeful that that’s a change we make in this next collective bargaining cycle, which will happen in the next couple of years.”

In order to assist the players grow both on and off the court, Silver stated that it’s definitely in the league’s best interest to start connecting with them at a younger age.

It seems reasonable that the NBA would want to decrease the cap in light of recent changes in the sports scene, including college players being granted the right to receive money for their name, image, and likeness and more athletes forgoing college to play professionally abroad or even in the G League. There will always be players who don’t prepare well for the draught, but that is still the case today. A player should be given the chance to enter the league straight out of high school if they have the potential to do so. For people like Bryant and James, everything went quite well.

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