The way it is: Accountants thrilled to the moves of Bryant, Garnett and McGrady, all of whom jumped from high school to a paycheck in the pros.
The way it should be: College basketball is still buzzing about the brother-versus-brother Sweet 16 matchup last week of UCLA senior JaRon Rush against Missouri junior Kareem Rush.
The way it is: Kareem played for Missouri, which advanced to the Elite Eight, but JaRon is out of basketball. He turned pro two years ago, wasn't drafted and flopped out of three leagues this season alone—the NBA, the NBDL and the new ABA. He's a recovering alcoholic. "I tell my brother, 'Keep your options open,' " says JaRon. "Agents ain't always looking out for your best interests."
The way it should be: The NCAA and the NBA have teamed to teach players just how Spam-brained it is to turn pro early; how most players who stay in college four years end up making Brinks-trucks-more money over their careers than those who quit or skip college; how Pell grants and Exceptional Student-Athlete Disability Insurance can get them through their senior season.
The way it is: Fueled by Internet misinformation that inflates their draft value and seduced by wormy agents, more and more college stars are sabotaging their careers by turning pro early. In the 2001 draft 54 underclassmen entered early, but only 36 were drafted, and five of those are already out of the league.
The way it should be: Kareem Rush, Carlos Boozer of Duke and Drew Gooden of Kansas announce they'll return for their senior seasons. The way it is: All three will probably be making big impressions on cushiony folding chairs soon in Memphis.
Or is it Cleveland?