NBA age rule change rejected

New age rule failed

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The discussion about the minimum age in the NBA is moving. Apparently, changing the rule finally failed.

Talks about lowering the NBA’s minimum age now appear to have come to an end and are no longer part of collective bargaining between the league and the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA).

It was previously discussed whether the minimum age for players should be lowered from 19 to 18 years. Also part of the conversation was the question of whether players would be allowed to return to the NBA after high school.

However, both proposals were not strong enough to be included in the collective agreement. That reports ESPN referring to a source close to the NBA.

18-year-olds would take away squad places

Tamika Tremaglio, Executive Director of the NBPA, spoke on behalf of the critics that the very young players are likely to take squad places from the established players.

“We recognize that if we’re going to let 18-year-olds into the league, we really need to make sure we have the structure,” Tremaglio said at All-Star Weekend.

The minimum age in the NBA was 18 until 2007, when it was raised to 19. The youngest player in history is ex-Lakers talent Andrew Bynum, who first played at the age of 18 years and 6 days.



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