DATE: 6/22/2005
COMPLEX SAYS: As a result of the new collective bargaining agreement, players agreed to an increase in the draft entry age limit from 18 to 19 (plus one year removed from high school). Stern had been pressing for the new age limit for years despite the fact that some of the NBA's biggest stars such as Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, and Amare Stoudemir'e had entered the league directly out of high school. Some media members and players including Greg Anthony and Jermaine O'Neal opposed the rule change and cited racism as a possible motive. Stern reasoned that the new limit would give players a chance to increase their skills, maturity, and put an emphasis on education. Homie took 'em to school! Literally.