The legendary Hall of Famer, Nate Archibald, was interviewed on H2G Radio last night and talked about his career, the most fun he’s ever had playing ball, his picks for best point guards of all time and student athletes in college.
He admits not being the best student when he was in school and expresses his desire for a rule change that makes student athletes stay in school longer and actually ATTEND classes. He also calls NBA players commodities [Jonny Flynn’s name was mentioned] and reminds us that only 6-7 athletes have guaranteed contracts so the odds are greatly against them being another “Kevin Garnett, Kobe Bryant or Lebron James”.
I’m with Nate on this one.
On Playing High School Ball
The most fun and enjoyment I had playing basketball was growing up in NY, playing high school basketball [and you know before that too] but being on a high school team, and making my college team. People say, “The pros wasn’t that fun?” I say, “No. it wasn’t.” The pros, when you realize it, is a job. And I love playing, but I didn’t enjoy it because it was a job. When we played on the high school team, you represented the school and you were glad to play on the team. At Clinton, when I was there, it was an all boys school. We had about 4-5,000 students, so you can imagine 250-300 guys played ball. Not all of those guys tried out for the team but they played ball. So it was a challenge and it was enjoyable because we had coaches who actually taught the game of basketball.
On Student Athletes Entering the League Early
The rules need to be a little tougher for our male student-athletes, about coming out of school early. People are looking at potential [I’m talking about the pro issue], and they’re opting not to put two to three years of going to a university or college. It’s a ‘one-year and out’- and most of them don’t even spend any time in the classroom. Unfortunately, if something were to happen to me or you after that one year, we become liabilities because we don’t have a degree. We don’t have anything to fall back on- we can’t dunk on anybody. We don’t have any jumpshots left. We don’t have anything to fall back on because we opted to become a pro commodity.
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