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Don't blame Beasley for playing by their rules

Posted on: April 14, 2008 7:03 pm
Edited on: April 14, 2008 7:05 pm

Michael Beasley didn't use college.

College used him.

That's the one thing I'd like to make clear in light of Beasley's announcement that he will enter the NBA Draft, because the emails have already started coming, one after another. People are trying to explain to me why Beasley never belonged in college, why it's all just a big joke, why the word student-athlete should never apply. And I agree with those people. But  what you must remember about all this is that Beasley never wanted or needed college, and the only reason he was at Kansas State was because the establishment created a rule that forced him there.

Put another way, this is not Beasley's fault.

He's just playing the game somebody else created.

So don't hate on the National Player of the Year for doing what he had to do to get to where he has long been  headed. The NBA forbade Beasley from entering the draft out of high school and in turn forced him into a position that admittedly makes a mockery of our institutions of higher learning. But make no mistake, the blame lies with the NBA, not with Beasley, because he never wanted or needed college as much as college wanted and needed him.
Category: NCAAB

Since: Nov 15, 2007
Posted on: April 15, 2008 2:23 pm

Don't blame Beasley for playing by their rules

The NBA rule is great fo college, it allows us to see Michael Beasley and Derrick Rose play in the NCAA tourney.  The rule is also good for those kids who aren't ready for the NBA but do not realize it.  They throw away a free education and wash out of the NBA.  However, the rule is bad for those who can be NBA stars right out of High School.  The problem is, how do you allow the good ones to go to the NBA and those who aren't ready to go to college.  With that being said, the rule has more pros than cons.

Since: Mar 12, 2008
Posted on: April 15, 2008 1:59 pm

Don't blame Beasley for playing by their rules

Whoever said that players going straight to the league do better than college athletes, you are so wrong. No one can name more High School stars in the league over college athletes. Besides Garnett, Kobe, Mcgrady(project as well) there aren't those big stars. Unless we want the league filled with JR Smith's they need to keep this rule enforced. It took jermaine Oneal like 4 years before he even became a semi threat in the league. Look at Durant, he would not have stood a chance in the NBA last year, but instead he threw up some nice numbers by getting prepared better for the NBA. These guys learn "team" ball in college, which unless your going to the Spurs, not many NBA teams emphasize. College is the perfect way for players to get a year of minor league in, learn some discipline, see what it takes to be great in college and that translates over to the NBA. Plus they get a little bit of education that they wouldn't have gotten. Hey that finance 1000 course can go a long way when you are going to receive millions.....

Since: Sep 26, 2007
Posted on: April 15, 2008 1:59 pm

Don't blame Beasley for playing by their rules

The NCAA should bite the bullet and make the football/baseball rule universal: If a kid decides to go to college he/she can't go pro until after his/her junior year. Make it for all students of both genders in all sports and you don't have to worry about"1 and done" players especially in 1 of your 2 big revenue sports. The sports leagues themselves should have contingincies for players who don't want college. Wasn't the NBDL supposed  to take away the need for kids to college who really don't want to be there?

Since: Jul 8, 2007
Posted on: April 15, 2008 12:45 pm

Don't blame Beasley for playing by their rules

who is blaming beasley?

hes doing what he should do, as was expected.

Since: Mar 20, 2008
Posted on: April 15, 2008 10:23 am

Don't blame Beasley for playing by their rules


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sp; Alright to be honest with you, Beasley would have went to the NBA for sure after graduating high school, we all know that, but the experience that he gained will, no doubt, help him in the long run.  This is why David Stern made this rule in the first place.  Why wouldn't you want to check out the collegiate level?  Look at Danny Manning, this guy was in the NBA for x-amount of years and the greatest experience of his life was playing college hoops.  Theres nothing like it!  The main factor that sets into place though is that they get to take a breath before going pro.  Look at all the players that have went pro right after high school.  None of them had success right away, maybe with exception to Lebron but that even took two to three years.  Micheal Beasley will be a better player hands down because of this opportunity he had to get himself ready for all the hype of the NBA.

Since: Sep 26, 2006
Posted on: April 15, 2008 10:14 am

Don't blame Beasley for playing by their rules

Actually, the rule is great and the bar should be raised to these kids having a 2 yr degree. Where else does one get a job making the kind of money "they" make without having a degree?!? These kids may not need college for what they do on the court, but for what is expected of them outside the lines, they do need the essentials of college.

Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: April 15, 2008 9:31 am

Don't blame Beasley for playing by their rules

My comment was intended for thetaomega......sorry. I agree with everyone else. He played by the rules, now he can start his career. I just hope he makes good decisions with the money and surrounds himself with the right people to help guide him. I pray he develops a Kevin Garnett reputation and not a Ron Artest one.

Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: April 15, 2008 9:25 am

Don't blame Beasley for playing by their rules

Do you think the same about all the players that go to MLB after high school and never make it but cash those $2,000,000 paychecks? Everyone makes a big deal about an athlete going to the NBA after high school but nobody cares about the baseball athletes who do it and have been doing it forever.

Since: Feb 14, 2008
Posted on: April 15, 2008 8:43 am

Don't blame Beasley for playing by their rules

Michael Beasley used college and used Kansas State to get where he wanted to go.  There is nothing wrong with that.  College and Kansas State also used Michael Beasley.  They won a lot of games with him, sold a lot of tickets, sold t-shirts and posters and got a lot of positive publicity and gave college basketball fans a great show.  Everyone benefited and maybe the NBA is getting a more polished and experienced player.  Good luck to Michael Beasley as he reaches for his dream.

Since: Apr 10, 2007
Posted on: April 15, 2008 5:11 am

scholarship is not really a four-year contract

Technically, they are renewed for each and every student-athlete after the school year is completed.  If a student-athlete wishes to pursue a professional career of any capacity outside the college or university he or she is attending, they are free to do so and their scholarship dollars will be re-directed toward another deserving incoming student-athlete, or perhaps even a walk-on currently with the affected team.

I see it as no different if a player on the Kansas State tennis team decided to turn pro, or someone on their bowling team, golf team, track team, what have you.  Those situations take place as well and aren't headline-generating stories.

Not to mention, say, for example if a business major on a scholarship is some kind of whiz kid and is offered a large sum of money to forego his or her degree and start working for a large bank or investment company.  Seems unlikely but it's no different than Beasley et al.

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