The minimum age requirement to play in the NBA is 19. For the top high school basketball players in the country, this means being a one-and-done player, where Kentucky’s John Calipari has mastered the art of coaching players who only stay for their freshman year, specifically for the pros.
(Demoralizing moments start from the 1991-1992 season, when I first became a fan.)
If I was some foreigner who came off a rickety boat packed with hundreds of illegal immigrants from the Fujian province of China and landed in New York today, I’d think that there are two NBA teams of equal popularity. With Jay-Z closing out a show with Beyonce at the newly minted Barclays Center, the Brooklyn Nets are the biggest thing to hit Brooklyn since Lena Dunham started filming Girls there. Now that everyone’s been scooping up those retro black and white jerseys, I’m here to tell you that it hasn’t always been like this. It seems the Nets are trying to pretend their New Jersey residence didn’t even exist.
Well it did. And it wasn’t pretty.