LeBron James always keeps it 100
LeBron James is one of the most outspoken players in the NBA. So it was no surprise to see the Cleveland Cavaliers player not hold his tongue when asked about the NCAA, an organization that’s currently under federal investigation.
On Tuesday morning, during practice, LeBron was asked about the NCAA. Bron went all the way in:
“I don’t know if there’s any fixing the NCAA. I don’t think there is…It’s what’s been going on for many, many, many, many years. I don’t know how you can fix it. I don’t see how you can fix it.”
LeBron went on to say:
“We have to figure that out, but kids getting paid is nothing new under the sun. You all seen Blue Chips? It’s a real movie, seriously. … The NCAA is corrupt, we know that. Sorry, it’s going to make headlines, but it’s corrupt.”
LeBron is an interesting case; he was never in the NCAA system, but he had Division 1 schools after him. Bron ended up going from high school straight to the pros.
Lebron explained why:
“Me and my mom was poor, I’ll tell you that, and they expected me to step foot on a college campus and not to go to the NBA? We weren’t going to be poor for long, I’ll tell you that. That’s a fact.”
LeBron is well aware of how unfair the system is, one where students can’t get a meal, while the coaches get millions:
“I know how much these college coaches get paid. I know how much these colleges are gaining off these kids. … I’ve always heard the narrative that they get a free education, but you guys are not bringing me on campus to get an education, you guys are bringing me on it to help you get to a Final Four or to a national championship, so it’s just a weird thing.”
Bron has some suggestions, however. He thinks the NBA can expand its G League:
“I just looked at it like the farm league, like in baseball. Or you look at pros overseas; some of those guys get signed at 14, but they get put into this farm system where they’re able to grow and be around other professionals for three or four years. Then, when they’re ready, they hit the national team, or when they’re ready, they become a pro. So I think us, we have to kind of really figure that out, how we can do that.”
LeBron James for commissioner.