It's no secret that the NBA can be a tough transition for players coming out of college. There is a completely different layout to the college game, closer three point lines, longer shot clocks.
We all know this, but Dallas Mavericks owner and 'Shark Tank" star, called out the NCAA.
"If they want to keep kids in school and keep them from being pro players, they're doing it the exact right way by having the 35-second shot clock and having the game look and officiated the way it is,"
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Changes need to be made
A little extreme but Cuban does have a point, especially as an NBA owner, he wants to be sure his investment (draft pick) is ready for the NBA game and given the way the college games are played it can be hard to ever truly be sure about a certain player.
"You've got three kids passing on the perimeter. With 10 seconds on the shot clock, they try to make something happen and two other kids stand around," Cuban continued.
"They don't look for anything and then run back on defense, so there's no transition game because two out of five or three out of five or in some cases four out of five kids aren't involved in the play."
What he says is true, a lot of shots are ill advised and it is very much a perimeter game, you will hardly see players work on the offensive glass unless it's a long rebound situation. Cuban is clearly upset with the college game, he continued,
"It's uglier than ugly, and it's evidenced by the scoring going down. When the NBA went through that, we changed things."
Is Cuban right?
Obviously, Mark Cuban would like the NCAA to try and change the rules and the way the game is played in general. It would be better to see players come out of college and be NBA ready. So often we see rookie players struggle with the place of play, the three pointers that they used to make are now deep two's and the NBA game is eight minutes longer than a college game.
"It's horrible. It's ridiculous, it's worse than high school. You've got 20 to 25 seconds of passing on the perimeter and then somebody goes and tries to make a play and do something stupid, and scoring's gone down.
"The referees couldn't manage a White Castle. Seriously, the college game is more physical than the NBA game, and the variation in how it's called from game to game [is a problem]. Hell, they don't even have standards on balls. They use different balls. One team's got one ball, the other team's got another ball. There are so many things that are ridiculous."
We all know that Mark Cuban is a little bit passionate (crazy), but he actually does have a point.
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