Agents, advisors tell teens to declare

Updated: March 26, 2004, 11:46 AM ET
By Chad Ford | NBA Insider
Parents, hide your children. Unless, that is, your child happens to be 6-foot-10 and can shoot a basketball.

There is an unprecedented stampede of American and international teenagers beating down the NBA's door this year. Will it be the end of civilization as we know it? Or is something else going on here?

After Insider's pieces the last two weeks detailing the flood of high school seniors and international teens mulling a move straight to the NBA, we've been inundated with reader letters protesting the wave of inexperienced players .

Why are more kids than ever rushing to get into the NBA -- even though many of them aren't ready?

The answer is simple. Their agents or "advisors" are telling them to. The growing fear both in America and abroad is that the league will push through an age limit this summer as part of the collective bargaining negotiations with the players' union.

Chad Ford

ESPN Senior Writer