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Mavs owner Mark Cuban urges caution to 'none-and-done' teens with NBA dreams

Mavs owner Mark Cuban urges caution to 'none-and-done' teens with NBA dreams
Published On: Sat, Feb 23
Apr 26, 2015; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban helps fire up the crown during the second half of the game between the Dallas Mavericks and the Houston Rockets in game four of the first round of the NBA Playoffs at American Airlines Center. The Mavericks defeated the Rockets 121-109. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Outspoken Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has a message for 18-year-olds eager to make the jump from high school straight to the NBA: Be careful.

In an interview with the Dallas News published Friday, Cuban said he was "fine" with the NBA's decision to open formal discussions with the league's player's association about lowering the NBA's minimum age requirement from 19 to 18. But before high school players jump at the chance to declare for the NBA, they need to realize the ramifications of going, in his words, "none-and-done."

On Thursday, USA Today reported the NBA has submitted a formal proposal to the National Basketball Players Association to lower the draft-eligible age from 19 to 18. The players will begin discussion of the proposal Monday, USA Today reported.

At question, Cuban says, is not their basketball ability, but their life skills. He has seen it with one-and-done players.

"Got here, didn't know how to write a check, didn't know how to sign a lease," Cuban told The News. "Just needed somebody basically to hold their hand, and it made things difficult for them.

"It's hard to focus on your profession when you don't even know how to focus on the everyday skills that are required for life."

Under the current setup, most standout high school players are enrolling in college for one year and turning 19 before declaring for the NBA. The one year in college can serve as a transition for those players.

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