Detroit Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy ripped the NCAA and critics of the NBA's one-and-done rule on Sunday, calling the organization "one of the worst" in sports and the backlash against the NBA's rule "racist."
Van Gundy made the criticism on Sunday in the wake of thethat has identified more than a dozen programs and players for potentially breaking NCAA rules, according to a report published Friday from Yahoo Sports.
"The NCAA is one of the worst organizations -- maybe the worst organization -- in sports," Van Gundy said. "They certainly don't care about the athlete. They're going to act like they're appalled by all these things going on in college basketball. Please, it's ridiculous and it's all coming down on the coaches."
Van Gundy, a former college coach who has spent the majority of his career in the NBA, also ripped those who disparaged players from taking advantage of the NBA's one-and-done rule. As Van Gundy put it, the backlash against the rule, to him, was racist.
"People that were against [players] coming out [of high school] made a lot of excuses, but I think a lot of it was racist. I've never heard anybody go up in arms about [minor-league baseball or hockey]," Van Gundy told reporters. "They are not making big money and they're white kids primarily and nobody has a problem.
"But all of a sudden you've got a black kid that wants to come out of high school and make millions. That's a bad decision, but bypassing college to go play for $800 a month in minor league baseball? That's a fine decision? What the hell is going on?"
In addition to Van Gundy's criticism, he offered up his own solution: Abolish the one-and-done rule and let adults make adult decisions.
"I've always been in favor of that," he said via The Athletic. "I've been in favor of that strictly on a fairness issue. ... You can turn 18 and go work anywhere else. An 18-year-old, if they're talented enough, can come into your profession and get a job. I think, personally, and now I'm definitely on a soap box, but the people against them coming out made a lot of excuses, but I think a lot of it was racist, quite honestly."