"Fantasy" vs. Fact in the NBA

Commissioner David Stern wants pro players to be at least 20. Many kids, he says, are taking great chances with their futures

As many as 10 players taken in June 24's National Basketball Assn. draft could be picked straight from high school. They'll join a couple dozen other prep-to-pro phenoms in the league -- and try to avoid the fate of a handful of flame-outs, who weren't able to make the adjustment. If NBA Commissioner David Stern has his way, this could be the last time the league will have to worry about the conundrum of helping teens -- most of whom haven't lived outside of their mother's house -- cope with instant fame and fortune.

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