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Bob Knight: NBA “has raped college basketball”

(Tom Strickland / AP)

Bob Knight weighed in on the concept of “one-and-done” college players, using the word “rape” to describe how quickly the NBA lures players away from school.

“If I were involved with the NBA I wouldn’t want a 19-year-old or a 20-year-old kid. That’s the last thing I’d want, to bring into all the travel and all the problems that exist in the NBA,” Knight said on ESPN’s “Mike and Mike” show. “I would want a much more mature kid. I would want a kid that maybe I’ve been watching on another team and now he’s 21, 22 years old instead of 18 or 19, and I might trade for that kid.

“But I think that, on top of it all, the NBA does a tremendous, a gigantic disservice to college basketball. It’s as though they’ve raped college basketball, in my opinion.

“Major League Baseball has the best idea of all. Three years before they’ll take a kid out of college, then they have a minor league system that they put the kids in. I’m sure that if the NBA followed the same thing, there would be a lot of kids in a minor league system that still were not good enough to play in the major league, in the major NBA.”

Knight might want to rethink his word choice since in 1988 he found himself in hot water when, discussing stress, he told Connie Chung in an interview: “I think that if rape is inevitable, relax and enjoy it.”

H/T Sporting News

After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.
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