GARNETT TO BECOME "TEST CASE" FOR NBA HIGH SCHOOL DRAFTEES?
Kevin Garnett, the 6'11" senior from Farragut High in
Chicago formerly announced his intention to enter the NBA draft
yesterday. In New York, Harvey Araton writes that "the real
issue is not what Garnett can do for the NBA as much as what the
NBA can do for him." Farragut Assistant Principal Arleen Dagg
believes the problem is that the NBA doesn't have a "support
system to help these kids once they get there. Maybe the NBA
should use Kevin as a test case." Araton suggests the NBA think
about a "closer alliance" with the CBA or "creating its own
developmental league." Araton: "Stern and company have gotten a
free ride, using the colleges as a de facto minor league system,
receiving well-coached, highly publicized products" (N.Y. TIMES,
NEW FAMILY: In Chicago, Mark Potash reports that Garnett
has been "close with Nike and figures to become a Nike client"
(CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, 5/15).