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By LARRY VAUGHT
Kentucky coach John Calipari said Friday that Nerlens Noel had the NCAA-approved career-ending insurance that “he’s allowed to have”, but that doesn’t cover loss of income.
“It’s just disappointing that we don’t take care of that, so he can be fully insured, and then if the kids want to take out insurance for draft position, let them take a loan and do it. Why (not)? ‘Well, only rich kids can do that.’ Have we told the president this yet? I mean, I just don’t get some of the stuff, and this is one of them. And I also think, again, it proves the point of: If a kid’s ready to go (in the draft), you let him go. Now if we want this to two years, let’s do something to make that happen. Let’s work with the (NBA) Players Association. Let’s get those guys in a room to try to figure out how we do it,” Calipari said.
That’s not a new stance for Calipari. It has been part of his players’ first mentality. However, he is not in favor of players going straight from high school to the NBA.
“I just don’t agree with that, and not because I’m coaching at Kentucky. I’ve never agreed with that,” Calipari said. “The reason is you’re going to have all these kids thinking they’re going directly to the league. Let’s do it in football, too, then. Let’s do it in both sports. Let’s do it in football and basketball. Or what if a kid gets hurt as a sophomore or junior in high school? ‘Let him come out (early) of high school.’
“I mean, let’s do what’s right for the kids. Let’s make sure we’re putting education on the front burner here. In my case, I don’t like the one-and-done rule. I’ll deal with it, but it’s not what I like. I seem to be the only one speaking out about it, unless you say, ‘I can’t get those kids. Let them go directly to the (NBA).’ They’re here, so what do we do and how do we deal with this?”