Personally I think a mission would be the best choice for Jabari. But
definitely returning to school over entering the NBA draft would be the wiser
choice. Life is not about money or fame. So much could be learned from serving
a two-year mission for the Lord. That experience would trump any amount of
money or fame. I know that the knowledge and experience I gained during my 18
month mission was invaluable and could not have been attained any other way.
But if a mission is not on his radar -- definitely education and staying in
school would far outweigh the NBA. That's my two cents :-)
Go to the NBA, be a superstar and make millions. I'm confident he'll
declare for the draft. Getting a degree just so you can say you have a degree
makes no sense for someone in a position to make millions right away. College
degrees are becoming more and more overrated.
Let's see what happens on April 28th. That's the deadline. I'll
bet he declares for the NBA draft. If not, a lot of tanking teams will be
If Jabari enters the draft next year, he's pretty much guaranteed $4
Million a year. I would love to see him get paid by playing a year or two in the
NBA and then go on a mission. He'd get the exposure to the NBA and would be
able to establish himself in the league before serving a mission. It
may sound crazy, but if you look at David Archuleta and Will Hopoate in
Australia, they were both able to put aside lucrative, high profile,
professional careers and from all reports, serve as successful missionaries.
Will Hopoate is back to Rugby and playing his way back into shape.
this is exactly why I think the NBA is in decline - one year in college (if
that) and off to the NBA. College hoops is losing and the NBA is losing. The
lure of money is what it's all about. You rarely get the Grant Hills and
players like that anymore which dilutes the league and the talent pool. You get
unpolished dunkers and that's about it.
Mission, then finish school, THEN NBA!
Former UCLA greats, Kareem Abdul Jabber and Brian Walton, tout their college
degrees as accomplishments in something unrelated to the basketball court. Both
have found enriching careers post-NBA. Parker will do what best suits him. If
he follows Jabber and Walton, Parker will find himself in another minority
classification--NBA superstar with a college degree. And, should be take a
hiatus for a two-year LDS mission, he'd probably end up in a class all by
himself--NBA superstar with college degree and as a returned missionary.
ask the 70% of college grads this spring who can't get a job equal to their
education how important that degree is. Or someone, who with the stroke of a
pen can make more before the ink dries than most of us make in a lifetime.
I recall Shawn Bradley getting a $44 million dollar contract right off his
mission without playing basketball for two years. Sure his NBA career
wasn't that great but he play for what? 10 or 12 years? Brother Parker
ought to seriously consider a mission.
How do ya'll know he's better off serving a mission? One size fits
Parker obviously values education. He could declare for the draft, plan in the
NBA and continue his education in the off season. There is no reason he could
not get a Masters Degree this way if he wanted it.Going into the NBA
does not make getting his degree impossible.
Hey Bob, Who is Jabber and Brian Walton? Granted I don't religiously
follow college or pro ball but I've never heard of those two who you seem
to think were star players.
Cant blame Parker if he chooses to go to the NBA - money is money. If he really
wants the college education, there are ways to get it (in the offseason or after
he's done playing).
Whoever said he should go to the NBA, then on a mission, I'm not sure
that's possible. Either too much fame and money to walk away from, plus
how many lottery picks sign a year or two contract (are they even allowed to?).
Yes, I served a mission, it was great, I loved it, but how do we know that
jabari being in the nba wouldn't be his missionary experience? Every
situation is unique.
earthquakejake - terrible advice. College degree isn't about the paycheck
at the end. It's about making the transition to becoming an adult, learning
new ideas and exploration, among other things. Jabari would best be served by
going to college, but then again I think he would be best served with a mission.
It's all about perspective. And that differs for most people. To each his
Let's be honest; to the true-blue LDS here, unless he's going on a
mission, he's making a mistake. There really is no need to cite precedents
of athletes coming back from a mission and going on to a pro career. Just stick
to your guns and say what you mean . . you believe serving a mission is the most
important thing anyone Jabari's age can do, The End.Of course
there are a handful of examples of LDS athletes serving missions and then coming
back to have successful pro careers. What's not as easy to evaluate is how
many would have had careers had they not chosen a mission. Who knows? It
stretches credulity to state or imply that an athlete's career is enhanced
by a church mission.You can't look at the career of an elite
athlete the same way you can other most professions. There's a relatively
short shelf-life involved; 10-20 years depending on the sport. David Archuleta
may be able to sing into his golden years. It's not as simple as some of
you make it out to be.
@Whoa NellieI'm pretty sure California Bob was referring to
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Bill (not Brian) Walton.I've been
known for mistyping things on occasion myself. As for Jabari,
he's an outstanding young man from a good family so I'm certain
whatever decision he makes will be one he has gone over carefully with those he
trusts. Personally, I would like to see him play at Duke for another season for
several reasons. #1 - Many Blue Devils fans are still shell shocked
their team lost in the first round of the Big Dance this year. Another year at
Duke will give these fans the chance to see Jabari play for a team which will
hopefully do better next season. #2 - When one looks at how the NBA
rookies have performed overall this season, it is clear many could have used
some extra time playing college ball before they took the leap to the pros. The
more mature Jabari can get playing at Duke, the better his overall NBA career
will turn out. As a side note, since people already know he is LDS,
Jabari is already serving as an unofficial missionary for the church.
Jabari Parker would fit really well into Ty Corbins defensive strategy here with
the Jazz.The Jazz are #29 out of 30 teams on defense. This despite
and he and Jazz managements endless preseason promises and pontifications. Any
more questions about whether he can coach defense? #29 out of 30."Semi"-joking aside, Parker seems like a very intelligent person.People get degrees to educate themselves and to be able to support
themselves. Jabari Parker should go the NBA as soon as possible. He will
likely make easily $150 million over his NBA career and possibly more.That pretty much negates needing to get a college degree now. He can do it
later and have the money to easily live his entire life self-supported without
financial worry.There is also plenty of time later, in a financially
independent life, to serve multiple service/proselyting missions.
A mission might be right for you, but isn't the point to move along the
work no matter how it is done?Steve Young didn't serve a
mission, and look at the impact he had on the church. He is treated as a Titan
in LDS culture. Jabari should absolutely go to the NBA this year,
use it as a platform for whatever good he wants to do. Any other
choice is stupid.
He would be a better missionary and representative of the church if he went to
the NBA and was a great role model. Fireside here and there. Picking up
millions along the way doesn't hurt.
As a cougar fan I would like to see him go on a mission and then decide to
transfer to BYU. Most likely not going to happen but it would be awesome. One
can always wish right.
I'm no expert about nba, college and Jabari. It is about him and he seems
to act like a human being. His teachers (which is his mom, dad and Coach K.)
know how to teach him and that it is up to him. Sure some players never did go
on mission (Danny Ainge, Jimmer, etc) but they are doing their part in doing
missionary daily life. All I can say, good luck Jabari in what you do and I
support that! Sorry Matt Carlino, coach K won't be calling you, lol!
He could probably replace Carlino if he decides to transfer.
We often fall into a trap in the LDS culture of a one-size fits all approach to
living our standards. Did Jimmer, Steve Young, Danny Ainge make mistakes in not
serving full-time missions? Who knows? Have they had a significant, positive
impact for the Church? Who can argue they haven't! Would they have had the
same impact had they served a mission? Frankly, I doubt it. I know McKay
Christensen. He was a top tier LDS MLB draft pick out of high school. I admire
him for his decision to serve instead of going pro. He made the best decision
for him. He later played ball, but arguably lost his physical and competitive
edge in choosing to serve a mission. McKay had only short stints as an MLB
player post mission. That's ok too. He is an awesome man and has lived his
life deliberately. I think we need to be open to the possibility that rarely,
but sometimes, it makes sense for an individual to serve the Lord in a different
capacity. Anything less than charity and understanding for such decisions
reminds me of a story of beams and motes.
I think the one and done rule is bad for basketball period. Those kids
don't learn fundamentals. And 5 years after they're done, most are
broke.I'd say to Jabari, get your degree then play pro ball.
Here's a thought: Jabari goes on a mission, transfers to BYU while he is
gone, does one more year and leads the Cougars to the Final Four, then goes to
The fact of the matter is he is out of shape as it is. Missions don't make
you better at that they make you worse. If does 4 years of school then the
mission thing, he won't be a lottery pick by then, mark my words.
College degrees are so overrated. He will make more money in the NBA than he
ever will with any kind of college degree. If he wasn't on a scholarship
and going to duke where tuition there costs $40,000 per year, he would be paying
that off for the rest of his life. Take it from this college grad, College is
nothing more than a giant glorified scam.
4 years of college and the mission thing, it will be 6 years before he plays in
By staying another year he may be another Kyle Collinsworth. The kind of money
involved is a choice hard to turn down. He'll make the right choice for
him. Good luck in a tough decision.
No matter which of the 3 options he has, they're all win-win-win just in
different ways.Sometimes, it's not which choice you make but how you
perform in that choice.Personally I'd be thrilled to see him give
coach K another year and gain a more balanced game before he goes to the NBA.
At the end of the day the NBA is the best decision. I am all for school, if you
believe a mission is good then great, but you will receive a paycheck that you
won't ever get the chance to get. If NBA doesn't work out, you can go
back to school. Just because you have a degree, does not mean you will have a
job. Take your talents to the NBA, and if that doesn't work out, go back
to school!I wish the NBA made players stay for 2 years but since
they don't, I wouldn't risk the injury playing for free.