“They don’t teach guys how to play, in my mind,” Brown said of the D-League. “The head coaches in the NBA and a lot of the assistants do, but [college basketball] is the greatest minor league system in the world. If you didn’t go to one class and just live in a college environment, then you’re way ahead.
First of all, this is a ridiculous, blanket generalization. Not even all kids – period – are better off in a "college environment” (“chug, chug chug!!!”), so it seems even less likely that all future professional basketball players would be, let alone “way ahead”.
Secondly, I love reading pro-NCAA arguments from people that focus completely on the quality of play at various levels, i.e., “they should make kids stay in school because I don’t like watching Kentucky anymore”, or Brown’s, which is that because you (allegedly) learn more about basketball at college, you must – by definition – be better off there than in the D-League.
These totally miss the point. These dudes are human beings. Fair labor opportunities and reducing the exploitation of young, often poor, unpaid workers are way more important principles than the quality of March Madness.