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Video: Lakers’ LeBron James Talks WCBB’s Rise of Reputation, Rips CBB Switch Portal

zach bachar Contributor I April 9, 2024 Tyler Ross/NBAE via Getty Images Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James discussed the rising popularity of women’s college basketball and the transfer portal’s effect on men’s basketball. On the latest Mind the Game podcast with former NBA sharpshooter JJ Redick, James explained that women’s basketball stars staying in

Video: Lakers’ LeBron James Talks WCBB’s Rise of Reputation, Rips CBB Switch Portal

zach bacharContributor IApril 9, 2024

LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 6: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers dribbles the ball during the game against the Cleveland Cavaliers on April 6, 2024 at Crypto.Com Arena in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2024 NBAE (Photo by Tyler Ross/NBAE via Getty Images)

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Los Angeles Lakers celebrity LeBron James mentioned the rising reputation of girls’s faculty basketball and the switch portal’s impact on males’s basketball.

On the most recent Thoughts the Recreation podcast with former NBA sharpshooter JJ Redick, James defined that ladies’s basketball stars staying in faculty and enjoying on the similar faculty for a number of years permits fanbases to attach with them on a deeper degree in comparison with the boys’s sport.

“Within the girls’s sport, you have got the power to construct your legacy and construct your rapport and model with that fanbase, with that group,” James stated, referencing Iowa’s Caitlin Clark in addition to former faculty standouts akin to Candace Parker and Kelsey Plum (1:55 mark).

“You are watching these women 12 months after 12 months after 12 months proceed to develop,” he added.

Gamers should graduate from a four-year faculty or college to declare for the WNBA draft, which should happen both earlier than the draft or inside a three-month interval afterwards. Gamers should even be turning 22 years outdated in the course of the calendar 12 months wherein the draft is held, resulting in many staying in faculty and permitting followers to turn out to be acquainted with them.

With NIL offers, high gamers have additionally been capable of earn cash regardless of not enjoying in knowledgeable league. Within the newest NIL evaluations from On3.com, Clark and LSU’s Angel Reese ranked No. 4 and No. 8 amongst faculty athletes throughout the nation respectively.

When discussing males’s faculty basketball, James referenced the massive quantity of transfers that have not allowed supporters to “sustain” with them.

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“The apparent one, to me, is the switch portal. There’s too many guys which are leaving faculties, leaving packages, and it is simply onerous to maintain up with quite a lot of guys,” the four-time MVP stated (0:52 mark).

James additionally introduced up the NBA draft, as faculty gamers can enter the method after only one 12 months. Whereas this permits prospects to start their skilled careers earlier, it additionally prevents high gamers from establishing themselves at a collegiate degree in comparison with the ladies’s sport.

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