BREAKING: Seth Greenberg Announces He Plans To Quit His Broadcasting Job To Train For The NBA
Seth Greenberg took it to Twitter to voice his disagreement with the direction that basketball is going in. A direction that leads straight to the bank. Basketball has always been about money, and it seems to be about it now more than ever. High school recruits have the option to forgo college and play overseas or in the new NBA G League, and if they are going to college its seemingly never for more than 1 or 2 years. It’s great there are many avenues these kids have to make money off their god given talent, but Seth Greenberg makes a great point. We’re drifting further and further away from the importance of these kids receiving an education.
I see both sides when it comes to this discussion. On one side, these kids have the right to chase their dreams. It’s nobody’s life but theirs, and if them and their families think it’s the right decision to forgo college, then so be it. No professional sport pays like the NBA with an average salary of $6.4 million. There is plenty of incentive to try and get to the NBA as soon as possible. Aside from the money, many of these kids are simply not cut out for college. Many people aren’t. There’s plenty of room for error by electing to go to college. Are they violating NCAA rules? Can they stay out of trouble? Can they keep their grades up? The last thing we need is more schools like North Carolina giving out A+’s to elementary caliber papers. Sometimes getting an education is just not a viable option for these kids.
(This UNC basketball player received an A on this paper, let that sink in)
And for Seths side, under 2% of college basketball players make it to the NBA. Getting to the NBA is not promised in the slightest for these top high school recruits. Players will go to college, play high competition, get better for 4 years, and still not be good enough to make it to the NBA. But what these kids do have, is an education. They have something to fall back on. Something that will provide them value for the rest of their lives. If these kids forgo college and don’t develop into NBA players, then what? The G League is a struggle. And sure, they can play overseas, but the average overseas salary is $65,000. And even in overseas leagues nothing is promised.
So, what’s the right answer here? We know which side Seth prefers, but I’ll leave it up for you guys to decide.