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CBA'S PATTERSON ANSWERS CRITICS OF LEAGUE'S RECRUITMENT PLAN
Published September 18, 1997
CBA Commissioner Steve Patterson was interviewed on CNNfn's "Sports Inc." Patterson, on the CBA targeting young players: "Many of these young men ... want to make a living. They can make a good living in the CBA while they still prepare for the NBA at the same time." In responding to criticism regarding its offer to 17-year-old Lamar Odom and other young players, Patterson said, "[I]t's important as we embark upon this to put an educational program and a life skills program in at the same time, so as we're developing players to become better basketball players ... we also educate them in life skills. The NBA addresses this, we think we need to go further, and we think it's probably easier to do in the smaller markets that we're in than in Chicago, [L.A.], New York, where the temptations and the distractions are so extraordinary" (CNNfn, 9/17).