With five Final Four appearances, three national titles and 902 career wins, Bobby Knight is perhaps the greatest coach in college basketball history. He is also one of the most polarizing.
Knight, 75, dropped by CBS Sports Radio on Friday night to discuss numerous basketball topics, including his candid opinion on the one-and-done rule.
“I’m not really sure that I know the whole story,” Knight said on Ferrall on the Bench. “I’ve been told that it isn’t just the NBA, that it’s the players association that wants a complete open market, which, in my mind, seems to be anti-player association. You’ve got a bunch of guys that maybe have a year or so left (in their careers) and you bring in this guy right out of college one year and he takes that guy’s place. I don’t think that’s much of a player association that doesn’t protect its older players.
“Going beyond that,” Knight continued, “I have a hard time believing that the NBA itself cannot come out and lay rules: ‘This is the way it’s going to be, and you as the players association – if you want to set up a different league – you go ahead and do it, but we’re not running our league this way.’ So to me, I would do everything I could were I with the NCAA . . . to make it difficult on the NBA. It’s ridiculous what the NBA has done. What they should have done in whatever way possible (was) strengthen their conference. They have weakened their conference with these young kids coming out.”
The one-and-done rule, Knight said, also ruins a lot of players who come out so early.
“When it’s all said and done 10 years from now, the NBA will have ruined the future of a lot of promising kids,” Knight said. “They weren’t good enough to play in the NBA, they’re playing in Saudi Arabia or some place trying to make a living, and they don’t have the opportunity to go back to college and get a degree. I think whoever’s responsible for taking these kids out of college is the dumbest operation I think we have in sports. You’re not giving that kid coming out of high school three or four years to develop. You’re giving him one year out of high school and trying to put him in a league with the best players in the world. It just doesn’t make any sense to me.”