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Why Mark Cuban thinks elite basketball recruits are 'crazy' if they choose college over G-League

Why Mark Cuban thinks elite basketball recruits are 'crazy' if they choose college over G-League
Published On: Tue, Mar 12
Apr 26, 2015; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban celebrates during the game against 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

Mark Cuban has "crazy" thoughts on drawing attention.

Before last weeka€™s matchup between his Dallas Mavericks and the Washington Wizards, the outspoken entrepreneur and NBA owner spoke with NBC Sports Washington on several topics including NBA ratings should LeBron James not participate in the playoffs, anonymity among NFL and NHL players, and why elite basketball recruits are "crazy" if they don't bypass college for the G-League.A 

Cuban discussed the concept of dodging college basketball during a discussion on about another sport.A 

The new Alliance of American Football league generated some decent buzz at launch. The a€œShark Tanka€ star believes the AAF could work if the league avoids becoming the NFL's "stepchild" and instead develops players cast aside by the NFL and then sells player contracts back to the NFL in a way similar to the international basketball system.

a€œAll that falls apart unless people show up to the games,a€ Cuban warns.

The topic then shifted to whether the G-League, the NBAa€™s minor league organization, could receive similar attention. a€œWe will,a€ Cuban stated confidently.A 

He then offered a rather specific and entrepreneurial reason citing Lavar Ball and a 5-foot-7 high school basketball player from central Florida Cuban follows on social media.

Julian Newman, a member of the 2020 recruiting class, became a viral video sensation starting at eight years old.

a€œHea€™s got a few 100,000 followers on Instagram, and after every one of his games, hea€™s selling merchandise. Hea€™s his own little business,a€ said an impressed Cuban. a€œI dona€™t know if hea€™s good enough to make the NBAa€¦ but people recognize what the Balla€™s did with Big Baller Brand and what others have done. There are building businesses and brands around themselves.a€

The G-League is where Cuban sees basketball, branding and capitalism colliding.

In October the G-League, which is comprised of 28 teams including the Wizardsa€™ Capital City Go-Go affiliate, announced it would begin offering "select contracts" worth $125,000 annually starting with the 2019-20 season to prospects not yet eligible for the NBA. Often these prospects join the college ranks for a a€œone-and-donea€ season.

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