Adam Silver says he thinks NBA is ready to get rid of one-and-done rule

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The only people that are happy about the NBA’s one-and-done rule is the NCAA. It allows teams to profit off of young players who would normally be earning a wage in the NBA for at least a year, all without directly paying players.

The NBA used to allow high school players to enter the league directly after their senior season. It took some time, but now much of the NBA viewing public seems to agree that allowing team to draft players directly out of high school is a better benefit to all parties involved.

We hear chatter from time to time about the league deciding to allow high schoolers to enter the league, but now it seems like it is going to be more of a realistic possibility. Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said that he believed that the league was ready to make the change and stop sending young players to college who would normally be on draft boards.

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Amateurism is long gone in the NCAA, but taking one-and-done players off of college rosters would still be a help to the game. It’s likely that more players would need to stick around longer in order to develop their skills, giving college basketball fans a longer look and a deeper connection to their squads.

Meanwhile, allowing players to come out at 18 and get paid by NBA teams would help get players paid for their services and talent. It would also help chip away at the mask of amateurism in the NCAA, but that’s not directly the NBA’s concern.

It’s not clear whether a change is coming soon for the league in this regard, but it appears that the public has reached a tipping point and the league is nothing if socially conscious when it comes to their brand image. Allowing players to play and not get paid when fans are demanding the opposite won’t stand for long.

No doubt the NCAA will voice their concern in any way they can, but there isn’t any real recourse they could take against the NBA.

It seems like the only thing that could stop this now is if NBA team owners decide they don’t want this to happen. The risk for NBA teams is that they will draft players who haven’t had enough time to develop, and who they don’t have enough scouting on straight out of high school. Drafting players, at least on paper, becomes much more of a gamble when they come directly out at 18.

I’m not sure that’s strictly true. It seems like a lot of teams take chances on guys they have seen plenty of in the college ranks and they end up being complete busts. For every Moses Malone as there is a Greg Oden. For every Kevin Garnett there’s a JJ Redick. It varies from player-to-player, and if teams need to devote more time scouting high schoolers it’s not a significant outlay compared to their overall development budget.

Let’s hope this happens soon.

Timberwolves’ Karl-Anthony Towns out 4-6 weeks with calf strain

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It’s not good news, but it looked like it could have been much worse.

Timberwolves big man Karl-Anthony Towns is out for weeks with a right calf strain, the team announced Tuesday following an MRI exam. Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports it is likely 4-6 weeks.

The injury occurred midway through the third quarter Monday when Towns started to run back upcourt and went to the ground without contact, grabbing his knee and calf. It looked scary — Achilles scary — and he had to be helped off the court.

Towns has averaged 21.4 points and 8.5 rebounds a game, and while his numbers are down this season — just 32.8% on 3-pointers — the team has struggled at times without him, particularly lineups with Rudy Gobert and Anthony Edwards together, an -11.8 net rating (in non-garbage time minutes, via Cleaning the Glass).

Kevin Durant on chasing MVP: ‘Not really, I’ve been there, done that’

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Kevin Durant carried the Nets to another win Monday night, scoring 45 points on 19-of-24 shooting, plus seven rebounds and five assists.

If you’re having an MVP conversation a quarter of the way into the NBA season, Durant has to be part of it: 30 points per game on 54.8% shooting (and a ridiculous 65.9 true shooting percentage), 6.6 rebounds and 5.5 assists a game, plus playing solid defense and being the anchor of the Nets. After his 45-point outing to get Brooklyn a win over Orlando, Durant was asked about MVP chants and the chase for the award and was clearly not interested.

Durant has MVP numbers, but so do Stephen Curry, Luka Doncic, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Jayson Tatum and others. If Durant is going to move to the front of the conversation, the first thing that has to happen is Brooklyn has to win a lot more games — 11-11 is not going to cut it when Tatum’s Celtics and Antetokounmpo’s Bucks have the two best records in the NBA. Winning games and finishing on a top-three team in the conference matters to some voters (and traditionally is one measure of an MVP).

Watch Herb Jones inbound off Pokusevski’s back, seal win for Pelicans

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With 2.3 seconds left in the game and the Thunder down 2, they needed to steal the inbounds pass from New Orleans to have a real chance. That’s why when Aleksej Pokusevski walked on the court it looked like he was going to guard the inbounder, Herbert Jones.

Instead, Pokusevski turned his back to Jones, putting himself in position to step in front of anyone cutting to the ball to catch the inbounds. Except, Jones made the clever play to seal the game.

Pokusevski fouled Jones, who sank both free throws and sealed the 105-101 Pelicans win.

The Pelicans got 23-8-8 from Zion Williamson and picked up a win without CJ McCollum or Brandon Ingram in the lineup. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander continued his dominant start to the season and scored 31.

Watch Lakers fan drain half-court shot to win $75,000

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It might have been the loudest the crypto.com Arena was all night.

Between the third and fourth quarters, Lakers fan Jamie Murry of Downey won $75,000 draining a half-court shot — and he got to celebrate with Anthony Davis.

Murry’s celebration is the best part — with Anthony Davis coming out to celebrate with him (and seeming a little shocked by the hug).

One other big shot fell at this game, but Lakers’ fans didn’t like it as much — Pacers’ rookie Andrew Nembhard drained a game-winning 3-pointer as time expired.