Van Gundy: One-and-Done Rule a Sham
It was Stern who pushed the Players Association into accepting the rule that prohibited anyone coming into the NBA directly from high school, forcing them into at least one year in college or one year playing overseas or in the NBA Development League.
"I don't like the one-and-done. I really don't understand how we get away with that as a league, that we tell a guy out of high school he can't come and play in our league,'' Van Gundy said. "And what I really don't like is the way our system is set up. Kids should be going to college if at least part of what they want to do is get an education.''
Kobe Bryant and Dwight Howard, the two most prominent players in the NBA Finals, came into the league directly out of high school, but both before the rule was changed. Six of the 10 starters in the game never attended a United States college.
"To me, it's a sham,'' Van Gundy continued. "But I don't want to get going on the NCAA because I think that's about the worst organization going.''
As expected, Lakers coach Phil Jackson disagreed with Van Gundy's assessment of the players-should-go-to-college first idea.
"I hope they make it two-and-done in the future,'' Jackson said. "So I'm still a big proponent of colleges and hopefully the NBA will move it to two years and 20 years being the minimum age."