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NBA Commissioner Adam Silver: League may help college players

NBA commissioner Adam Silver says he would take action if teams decided to lose on purpose. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa) NBA commissioner Adam Silver wants college basketball players to stay in school longer. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

NBA commissioner Adam Silver still wants the league to raise the age limit for prospects entering the league, but until that day comes, Silver hopes that he can persuade athletes to stay in school.

Silver says the NBA could help college basketball players by getting them a better insurance plan in case of injury and contributing to the gap above what the players get for their scholarships.

"Rather than focusing on a salary and thinking of them as employees, I would go to their basic necessities," Silver told ESPN.com. "I think if (University of Connecticut guard) Shabazz Napier is saying he is going hungry, my God, it seems hard to believe, but there should be ample food for the players."

Players who want to enter the NBA must be at least 19 years old, and Silver said he wants the age minimum to be 20.

Silver said subsidizing college players may be a concept that's worth looking into and would be open to talking to the league's players and the NCAA about the idea.

"It does, in my mind, need to be a three-way conversation," Silver said. "You heard college administrators at press conferences around the (NCAA) tournament say that it's the NBA's problem or the union is putting up resistance. It's a more complex problem than that."

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