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Good move for Durant

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Kevin Durant made a tough decision when he said bye-bye to college for the green of the NBA.

Financially he is settled for life. That's what happens when you get millions as the second overall pick in the draft. Then there is the shoe deal he inked with Nike. That contract is worth a reported $60 million with a $10 million bonus up front.

Now you understand why these youngsters make these decisions!

Durant said he wanted to to return to college and be the big man on the Austin campus, was there really a choice? The financial gain was too great. Yes, he could have made big money in the future and been a Longhorn with DJ Augustin, AJ Abrams and company, competing for a trip to the Final Four. Instead the lure of the dollars was simply too great, and you can't blame Durant for that.

For many of those who scream that kids are making major mistakes saying farewell to college, I ask one simple question ... if you are becoming a doctor or lawyer at a major institution, and were offered on-the-job training for megabucks, wouldn't you jump at it too?

Let's get real. The stroke of a pen not only provides for the player, but also for their families. They can take care of their loved ones for the rest of their lives.

Remember, those who are critical of the kids deciding to leave school, college will always be there. If the youngster wants to advance his education in the future, he can one day return, either during the off-season or when his playing days are over.

Something tells me these youngsters going to the pros can afford it!

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