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Christopher L. Gasper

NBA’s age limit doesn’t need repeal

If you’re an 18-year-old American basketball player, you have freedom of expression, but not freedom of profession. You live in a country where you are old enough to vote, but too young to put on an NBA uniform. You can full-court press as the oppressed.

The NBA’s age limit — a player must be at least 19 years old and one year removed from high school — has come under scrutiny once again, after Everett’s Nerlens Noel, the starting center at the University of Kentucky and putative No. 1 pick in the 2013 NBA draft, tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee Tuesday in a loss to Florida.

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