Oscar Robertson: greedy colleges want to keep good players for selfish reasons


oscar-robertson-sitNBA legend Oscar Robertson doesn’t see what the fuss is about over “one and done” players.

He was calling out critics who don’t like the practice of college players leaving for the NBA draft after one year in school, TheStar reported.

Another NBA great, Spencer Haywood on the contrary believes that young players ruin the beauty of the game, and it would’ve been better if they stayed in college for at least 2 years before entering the NBA. Read about it here.

Robertson said he doesn’t think it hurting college basketball. He said some schools and coaches want to keep players with NBA potential on campus longer for selfish reasons.

“These colleges are greedy, man. They want to keep a kid . . . in school if they start to win,” Robertson said. “They want to keep them in school because it helps them — it helps the coach, it helps the winning percentage.”

Robertson has taken an active role in player issues since his days in the NBA, once serving as president of the players union.

Robertson had also joined a lawsuit led by former UCLA star and ex-NBA forward Ed O’Bannon over, among other things, the unauthorized use of college athletes’ likenesses in video games.

A couple of weeks ago, NBA commissioner Adam Silver said basketball players should spend at least two years in college, one more than the current requirement. He said there should be balance between economic opportunity and putting the best product on the floor.

“That’s the owners’ problem. It’s not a players’ problem,” Robertson said. “If you’re going to give a young kid 3 million bucks, is he going to take it? Of course, I’d take it.”

Robertson, a Hall of Famer, is the only player in NBA history to average a triple double the entire season, as he did with the Cincinnati Royals in 1961-62.

Robertson was an NBA All-Star 12 times, and won the NBA title in 1971 with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (Lew Alcindor then) in Milwaukee.

Robertson holds career averages of 25.7 ppg, 9.5 apg and 7.5 rpg in 42.2 mpg, playing in 1040 NBA games.



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