Derrick Rose – who’s fault?

June 2, 2009

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If you want to be a dancer, go be a dancer.

If you want to throw a curveball, go ride a bus in the Minor League Circuit for a few years.

If you want to save the world because you have the cure for a disease, go do it.

If you want to play basketball, gotta wait.

I have posted many, many thoughts about the age requirement the NBA has imposed to require its’ young players to have had at least 1 year out of High School.  No more Kobe Bryant on one end, no more Kwame Brown on the other.  However, now Univerisities (traditional exploiters) are faced with the fact they have to “re-amateurize” athletes who have been on a professional track since they were 14 years old.

The University of Memphis and, indirectly, The University of Kentucky, are affected that Derrick Rose’s high school smudged his transcript and someone other then Rose took his SAT’s.  In all likelihood, Memphis will have to vacate its’ 38-2 record, Final Four, and National Runner-Up from DRose’s 1 season at Memphis.  As if it never happened.

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 First of all, Rose is an exemplary human being.  He is a symbol of hard work, dedication, and being a team player.  His teammates rave about his leadership and how humble he is.  He does a lot of good in the Southside of Chicago Community, at age 20 Rose has given back to the community more then your average 45-year old suburban father who has his degree from the local University.  

So who’s fault is this?  To give back to his community, to set the example of hard work to athletes, Rose had to wait.  Rose had to watch as Coach Cal profited, the boosters profited, and the University profited from him.  Now, Rose will be tarnished as someone who, “ruined a program”, a “greedy kid”.  Allegations that will haunt his pre-NBA life.

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It’s just a shame.  There should be no age-limit.  I agree with most proponents of the age requirement, that some if not many athletes will fail in the NBA right out of High School.  But does 1 year at College really make that much of a difference?  It certainly does not, it is setting up young men to fail.