LeBron James calls NCAA corrupt, wants a new NBA youth league
In the wake of the growing scandals in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) basketball program, popularity has seen a noticeable dip. The FBI began an investigation last year, looking into allegations of corruption and fraud in the league, already resulting in charges against several coaches and colleges. Now, NBA pro LeBron James is speaking out, calling the NCAA a corrupt organization that has no future.
The Cleveland Cavaliers small forward would like to see the NBA create its own league for young players. James didn’t attend any college, opting to go straight from high school to the NBA, but was scouted by many schools looking to capitalize on his talents. In a recent interview, the four-time MVP said "Obviously, I’ve never been a part of it, so I don’t know all the ins and outs about it. I do know what five-star athletes bring to a campus, both in basketball and football. I know how much these college coaches get paid. I know how much these colleges are gaining off these kids."
James went on to say, "…as the NBA, we have to figure out a way that we can shore up our farm league, and if kids feel like they don’t want to be a part of that NCAA program, then we have something here for them to be able to jump back on and not have to worry about going overseas all the time…" He feels that the NBA could improve its G League, the organization’s minor league basketball group, to include a younger generation. He expects to sit down with NBA commissioner Adam Silver soon to talk about how a G League expansion would benefit both young players and the NBA.