It was just one week ago that UCONN women’s basketball coach Geno Auriemma ripped the men’s game. Following Auriemma’s lead is Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, who is also not fond of the game.
Cuban shared his thoughts in a recent interview and obliterated the style of the college game, saying that it could be ruining NBA Draft prospects.
From the shot clock to poor refereeing and a lack of defense/transition game, Cuban believes the college game is “uglier than ugly.”
Let him explain.
“If they want to keep kids in school and keep them from being pro players, they’re doing it the exact right way by having the 35-second shot clock and having the game look and officiated the way it is,” Cuban said, via ESPN. “Just because kids don’t know how to play a full game of basketball.
“You’ve got three kids passing on the perimeter. With 10 seconds on the shot clock, they try to make something happen and two other kids stand around. They don’t look for anything and then run back on defense, so there’s no transition game because two out of five or three out of five or in some cases four out of five kids aren’t involved in the play.
“It’s uglier than ugly, and it’s evidenced by the scoring going down. When the NBA went through that, we changed things.”
Oh, and about those referees…
“The referees couldn’t manage a White Castle,” Cuban added. “Seriously, the college game is more physical than the NBA game, and the variation in how it’s called from game to game [is a problem]. Hell, they don’t even have standards on balls. They use different balls. One team’s got one ball, the other team’s got another ball. There are so many things that are ridiculous.”
Cuban was holding back no punches and it is easy to see where he is coming from. Mark Cuban doesn’t care about filling out a bracket. Mark Cuban cares about winning NBA titles.
One way to do that is to ensure you are bringing on developed players who will be able to smoothly transition to the NBA game. Cuban doesn’t feel he is capable of getting that with the way the college game is currently structured.
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