CBA'S PATTERSON ANSWERS CRITICS OF LEAGUE'S RECRUITMENT PLAN
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).