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Posted by: mtnba2k on 9/9/2017 2:20 PM

No, because of all of the examples in Abrams' book of the NBA stars who skipped college and had no problem performing under pressure in the pros. Taking clutch free throws in Durham wearing Tar Heel blue is different than running a crucial play in Reno for the Bakersfield Jam, true. But that's a sliver of what makes a professional basketball player.Even college-bred pros escaped the



NCAA without these experiences. Dame Lillard played college ball in Ogden, Utah. Tim Duncan spent his time in college at the fourth most celebrated program in North Carolina, never making a Final Four. Learning how to manage the nomadic, self-motivated life of a pro is in my opinion more important to development than facing frat bros in face paint.Abrams' tales emphasized that the biggest stumbling block for prep-to-pro prospects was getting good advice and managing freedom and money.



Some college programs help their guys in this respect. Some don't. Some prospects, like LeBron, wouldn't need the help if it were there.To me, the best way to learn how to do something is to do it. Despite your well-founded critiques of the D-League.



I think a professional basketball environment will largely be the better path for developing players.SIGN UP FOR OUR NBA NEWSLETTERGet news, links and Ziller's #hottakes in your inbox every weekday morning.FLANNERY: We can agree to disagree on this, but I think colleges and universities are far better equipped to help young people transition into adulthood than professional basketball teams. You have argued that it's in the NBA's best interest to develop these kind of internal programs, and that's fair.



I would argue that colleges and universities need to do more to prepare their high-profile athletes for the next step of their life. Develop a curriculum that serves their needs. It's not that hard, really.I do think there's a partnership to be had between the NBA and the NCAA, and indeed one of the most compelling revelations in Abrams' book was when David Stern suggested the idea of an insurance plan, only to get shot down by schools.

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