A lawmaker urged the NBA yesterday to repeal its requirement that players be at least 19 years old and a year out of high school before entering the league, calling the restriction unfair.
Rep. Steve Cohen (D., Tenn.) sent identical letters to NBA commissioner David Stern and union leader Billy Hunter, asking that they scrap the requirement in the next collective bargaining agreement.
Cohen, a member of the House Judiciary Committee, called the requirement "an unfair restriction on the rights of these young men to pursue their intended career."
He suggested that the policy might have contributed to scandals involving players in his city of Memphis.
Jazz to tour Europe
The Utah Jazz will play Real Madrid as part of the NBA's Europe Live preseason tour.
The Jazz will face the Spanish club at Madrid's Palacio de Deportes stadium on Oct. 8. Madrid last played an NBA team in 2007, when it beat the Toronto Raptors, 104-103.
Cavaliers star LeBron James was released yesterday from the Cleveland Clinic after a five-hour procedure Tuesday to remove a benign growth from his jaw. The team said he is recovering well at home.
Boston guard Tony Allen underwent surgery on his right ankle and leg. Celtics officials said he is expected to recover in time for training camp this fall.
New York Knicks forward Wilson Chandler had surgery to remove bone spurs in his left ankle and is expected to be sidelined at least a month.
- Associated Press