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Steve Kerr says undrafted NCAA players should get to return to school

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Steve Kerr is never one to keep his opinions to himself, including when it comes to the subject of the NCAA. In February, Kerr said he felt that NCAA students should be able to profit off their likeness, much like athletes do in the Olympics.

Now, Kerr is proposing another change to the NCAA eligibility rules. Speaking to reporters on Monday, Kerr said that he felt players who declared but did not get drafted should be able to return to school.

That would be a huge departure for the strawman argument the NCAA puts up in favor of “amateurism”. This year a college football player for UCF was famously declared ineligible after he refused to shut down a YouTube channel he ran detailing his life, including what it was like to be on a D1 team.

Via ESPN:

“One of the things the NCAA needs to look at is, if a kid signs with an agent and he doesn’t get drafted, welcome him back,” Kerr said. “Why not? What’s the harm? We talk about amateurism and all this stuff, but if you’re truly trying to do what’s right for the kid, and the kid declares for the draft and doesn’t get drafted, you know what? Welcome him back. Do something good for the kids.”

Kerr appeared to criticize the relationship between the NCAA and NBA as we reach what feels like the precipice for the one-and-done rule. Kerr said that something had to be worked out between the two sides, and that, “I think it’s entirely doable if you people just open their eyes.”

Pretty much everyone has been calling for a change to the NCAA rules — heck, even former President Barack Obama has made his voice heard.

Players aren’t being paid their worth, the scandals are hurting programs, and with the latest from college basketball some folks are even in actual legal trouble on money laundering charges. A lot of these issues could be quelled by the NCAA changing their rules, but it will likely be hard to convince them to do so given how much they stand to profit each year off of free labor.

Pro sports will be a driver for if and when these rules change, and guys like Kerr speaking up in favor of a new system will nudge things in the right direction.

Grizzlies sign second-round pick Jevon Carter to multiyear contract

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The Memphis Grizzlies have signed second-round pick Jevon Carter to a multiyear deal.

Terms of the contract announced Sunday were not disclosed, but Carter himself confirmed the deal.

Carter has impressed at NBA Summer League in Las Vegas and in Utah. His dogged, aggressive defense has slowed players — Trae Young had some of his worst games against Carter — and on offense his game has improved, including him dropping 26 points on the Jazz recently.

Carter was taken with the No. 32 pick after winning the Naismith defensive player of the year last season at West Virginia. The point guard was second in the nation with 3.03 steals per game and is the Mountaineers’ career leader in that category.

“Ray Allen from long distance” with chip shot to save par at American Century Classic

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“Ray Allen from long distance, how many times have we said that?”

Ray Allen had a good weekend at the American Century Championships, the former NBA sharpshooter and future Hall of Famer finished third in the celebrity golf event. One of the reasons he was there, this chip shot on 13 Sunday.

Former Cowboy’s quarterback Tony Romo won the event, with former MLB pitcher Mark Mulder was second.

LeBron James sits courtside for Lakers’ Summer League win

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There are two, maybe three guys playing for the Lakers in Summer League likely to be sharing a locker room with LeBron James next season — Isaac Bonga and Josh Hart, with maybe Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk and/or Alex Caruso. Only Hart could see the court much.

LeBron was still courtside on Sunday for a quarterfinal game at Summer League, showing his support and being a good teammate. He gave Hart a hug on the court. Brandon Ingram stopped by and talked with LeBron for a bit.

LeBron watched the Lakers continue their strong run through the Summer League, racking up a 101-78 win. LeBron was into it, when Mykhailiuk took a shot midway through the first quarter LeBron yelled, ‘cash only!”  The shot was nothing but net.

The Lakers are on to the Summer League semifinals. Los Angeles won the Vegas Summer League last year.

 

After losing to his father in golf, Stephen Curry leaps into Lake Tahoe

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Golf fanatic Stephen Curry was clearly enjoying himself on the links at the American Century Championship celebrity golf event in Lake Tahoe this past weekend.

But he couldn’t beat his father, Dell.

The price? Curry (and his caddy) had to jump in the lake. Check out the video above.

For the record, Tony Romo won the event.