How the NBA and LeBron James are recruiting college basketball interns

The NBA has had a reputation for recruiting high-caliber college basketball talent for decades, but it’s become much more difficult to find that talent. In 2016, ESPN Sports Insider’s Kevin Pelton wrote about how the league was recruiting high school players from the state of Texas, Florida and Ohio, who were willing to sign a contract…

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The NBA has had a reputation for recruiting high-caliber college basketball talent for decades, but it’s become much more difficult to find that talent. 

In 2016, ESPN Sports Insider’s Kevin Pelton wrote about how the league was recruiting high school players from the state of Texas, Florida and Ohio, who were willing to sign a contract with the league to work for it for five years. 

This year, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver has made it easier to find these players through his internship program, which was first announced last year. 

ESPN Cric Now reported this week that the NBA is now recruiting high schools from the top schools in all of those states, as well as a few others that have no affiliation with the NBA. 

“We’ve had some very talented high school kids, but we’re also recruiting from schools that have little connection to the NBA,” Silver said, per ESPN Clic Now.

“So we’re getting to a place where, as you know, we’ve been recruiting high end players, not just for us, but for the NBA, to work here.

And we’re seeing a lot of good results.” 

The NBA is not the only NBA league to have internships.

The Los Angeles Lakers have hired two former NBA players, one of whom played for the Chicago Bulls and the other for the Cleveland Cavaliers, to run the program. 

Silver said that the program will include a minimum of 30 interns and will be available to all NBA teams, teams with multiple employees, and players who do not have an NBA contract. 

While the NBA does not have a cap on interns, it has said that it does not plan to hire more. 

Last year, the league reportedly hired more than 2,000 interns for its basketball camp, which featured about 20 of its top prospects. 

The program will also be able to offer interns to teams in the future, according to ESPN Cicl Now. 

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