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That logic will be reinforced if Jennings’ stock continues to drop. And not only is the NBA unlikely to drop the age requirement, it’s likely to push for a second season and 20-year-old age restriction in the next collective bargaining agreement in 2011.

“We think our teams would be better off drafting players two years removed from high school rather than one year,” Stern said. “But that’s a subject for discussion with the players association at the appropriate time.”

College coaches likely would relish such a change as well. But the players association, which objected to the age restriction, would contest it aggressively. In the interim, only two major events could alter the policy: litigation or the “LeBron paradigm.”

Obviously, a high school player could sue the NBA for the right to play like Spencer Haywood did in 1970. Given the Haywood precedent and statistics that prove high school entries routinely have enjoyed success, victory would seem inevitable. But that route might prove expensive, time-consuming and unpopular, perhaps prohibitively so on all counts.

The other possibility would involve the NBA striking the minimum-age rule for fear of losing a genuine superstar to Europe. Under this model, a LeBron James-type would take his game to Europe and sign a massive multiyear contract (there is no salary cap in Europe) and multiple endorsement deals in a marketing environment far less saturated than in the United States. Then the NBA would strike its minimum-age rule to avoid losing comparable future talent to other leagues.

Perhaps that’s conceivable. But at this point, one thing is certain: No revolution is afoot because Jennings isn’t that player.