NBA lockout lifted, age limit to be determined



The NBA lockout is lifted.

Rajon Rondo, prepare to stop being bored.

Chuck Hayes, prepare to start hitting the treadmill.

But the real impact of the two sides striking a deal, at least to UK basketball fans, is whether a new age limit will be included.

From everything I’ve read, it appears the NBA will either keep the one-and-done rule or bump the early entrant age limit to 20, creating a two-and-done system. For the NBA sides involved, it’s a B-list issue and hasn’t been settled yet. (This according to Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski, who has been on top of the lockout from the beginning. UPDATE: SI’s Michael McCann predicts the players will and adopt the two-and-through system, mainly because those opposed — college players — have no voice, because they’re in college. However, McCann does say plenty of NBA players don’t like the rule and could stand firm in retaining the one-and-done. Ultimately, it’s not an easy issue to settle.)

Which side concedes that point will have repercussions on UK’s program.

UK head coach John Calipari has long been opposed to the one-and-done rule — but it exists, so he plays by it. However, he’s been a proponent of making players attend college for three or four years. He’s likened what UK could do with that system in place to what UCLA’s dynasty achieved. As recently as last weekend, Calipari advocated again for a multiple-year rule.

That sentiment prompted Doron Lamb, sitting next to him, to shake his head.

How the deal works out is still up in the air. But it will matter. A lot.

We’ll keep you updated as the situation progresses.

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