Bob Knight: NBA has ‘raped’ college basketball

Legendary college coach Bob Knight weighed in on college freshman leaping straight into the NBA in his own unique way Tuesday morning on ESPN Radio’s Mike and Mike show.

“The NBA does a tremendous, gigantic disservice to college basketball. It’s as though they’ve raped college basketball in my opinion,” Knight said. “Major League Baseball has the best idea of all. Three years before they’ll take a kid out of college, then they have a minor league system that they put the kids in. I’m sure that if the NBA followed the same thing, there would be a lot of kids in a minor league system that still were not good enough to play in the major NBA.”

OK, then. Knight said he would not draft the likes of Kansas freshman Andrew Wiggins or Duke freshman Jabari Parker, preferring older players instead.

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“If I were involved with the NBA I wouldn’t want a 19-year-old or a 20-year-old kid, to bring into all the travel and all the problems that exist in the NBA,” said Knight. “I would want a much more mature kid. I would want a kid that maybe I’ve been watching on another team and now he’s 21, 22 years old instead of 18 or 19, and I might trade for that kid.”