Adam Silver officially took over as the new NBA commissioner with the retirement of David Stern last week and he already has a big change he wants implemented.
Stern ruffled a lot of feathers when he changed the rules and no longer allowed players to go straight from high school to the league. They either have to spend a year in college or play overseas as the age limit to enter the league is 19. Now Silver wants to increase the limit even higher to 20-years old. It’s something Stern also wanted and as his longtime deputy, Silver is pushing the same initiative.
“We would love to add a year, but that’s not something that the players’ association has been willing to agree to,” Stern said in 2012. “They would probably say, ‘What would you give us?’ ” Source
I would love to see this idea get traction but there’s no guarantee this will happen. The league needs players to develop more before entering the draft since the old guard is on it’s way out, and a lot of the current superstars are entering their ninth and tenth seasons.
There will be a lot of pushback but this would be better for everyone in the long run. – AL