Basketball coaching legend, Bob Knight has hit out at the NBA for their treatment of young players making the transition from college to the professional ranks.

Knight made the comments on ESPN's Mike and Mike in the morning radio show regarding Andrew Wiggins and Jabari Parker's professional potential.

"If I were involved with the NBA I wouldn't want a 19-year-old or a 20-year-old kid, to bring into all the travel and all the problems that exist in the NBA" said Knight.

"I would want a much more mature kid. I would want a kid that maybe I've been watching on another team and now he's 21, 22 years old instead of 18 or 19, and I might trade for that kid. On top of it all, the NBA does a tremendous, gigantic disservice to college basketball. It's as though they've raped college basketball in my opinion."

The debate over what age college players should make the jump to the NBA has intensified in recent months after new NBA commissioner, Adam Silver said that he would like to raise the age that they enter the league to 20.

According to Fox Sports, the radio show's host moved the topic of conversation on and it remained unclear as to quite what Knight meant by the use of the word 'rape'.

It is not the first time that the 73 year-old has made the headlines for using the word. In 1988 he said during an interview that if "rape was inevitable, relax and enjoy it."

He claimed at the time that his quotes had been taken out of context, however he is sure to face some backlash for these most recent comments about a hot topic in the world of basketball.

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