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Cuban is fine with NBA lowering age minimum, cautions that 'pimping' of 'none-and-done' will lead to hard falls

Cuban is fine with NBA lowering age minimum, cautions that 'pimping' of 'none-and-done' will lead to hard falls
Published On: Tue, Feb 26
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

As first reported Thursday byA USA Today, the NBA has submitted a formal proposal to the league's player's association that the minimum draft age be dropped from 19 to 18, beginning with the 2022 draft.

Mavericks owner Mark Cuban toldA The NewsA on Friday that he is "fine" with the lowering the age minimum, but quickly added that what he calls "none-and-done" is not optimal for young players or the NBA.

Cuban over the years has expressed concern about the life skills that even some one-and-done players have lacked when coming into the NBA after barely attending college before turning professional.

"Got here, didn't know how to write a check, didn't know how to sign a lease," Cuban said Friday. "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."

It's only a coincidence, yet timely nonetheless, that the news of the NBA's proposal emerged less than a day after Duke freshman star Zion Williamson suffered a looked-scarier-than-it-turned-out knee sprain when one of his Nike sneakers ripped apart during a game against North Carolina.

Cuban offered advice to the next Williamson-caliber player who comes along, especially if it happens before the minimum draft age is lowered to 18.

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