So...the U.S is trillion's of dollars in debt. The economic system is like the guy falling off of a hill desperately trying to find a foothold. A gazillion people are unemployed. But, according to Tennessee Congressman Steve Cohen, it is time to start an investigation of the NBA Draft Age Limit. According to Cohen its a "Vestiage to Slavery" (Yeah...he went there).
The story from today's New York Times here .
((Steve Cohen looks bored/Courtesy: Getty Images))
This just begs a really obvious question: Why do Congressmen feel obligated to stick there noses into things that are essentially irrelevant to, well, pretty much everyone? Is there no legislation that Cohen can author to say...help the unemployed?
As for the subject matter, the NBA is being rightfully deferrential, but they have to be. Yes, the league is trying to up the age limit to 20 before allowing kids to be drafted and quite honestly, that isn't such a bad idea. Sure there are kids like LeBron James and Kobe Bryant who can make the jump as an 18 year old, but there are far, far too many who aren't equipped to handle it. Why not make kids at least attempt to be better educated? Why not give them some more preparation for dealing with the real world? Yeah, you could be cynical and say the good ones don't live in the real world even at that age, but why not take the high road and at least say that you tried to help?
Greg Gaston of MyFoxMemphis spent some time with Cohen on his radio show...
Here's their conversation...