Jabari Parker was on the Dan Patrick Show and was asked about the NBA's proposed age limit. He didn't mince words:
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"I think that's ridiculous because a lot of people can enroll in service for their country, but they don't want to give them an opportunity to provide for themselves and go apply for a job in the NBA."
Well, there is a correlation.
In the case of military service, the Congress has decided people can serve at 18.
The NBA and the players union together decide at what age players can join the league and we've never understood why players, who are in an insanely competitive labor market, would welcome more competition. Every guild and union in history that we can think of tries to do the opposite.
For a 19-year-old freshman who is clearly good enough to play now, the rule probably seems ridiculous. But when Parker is 35 and near the end of his career, a restriction on young talent might be a very different thing.