It doesn't seem possible. Nate are you reading that as Kareem in asking where his $30 million is? I don't think he is. I think he is saying that the players coming out of high school are asking where their $30 million is. I think Kareem is spot on. You have so many stories about NBA players gambling their money away (Ty Lawason has been seen grequently at Colorado casinos), fathering children by multiple women, gun infractions even stupid April Fools pranks. I definitely believe the quality of the player off the court is reflected on the court. Hey, a little education never hurt anyone. Lest you claim that players like LeBron can't risk a career ending injury playing in college; you have to remember that the top players have insurance policies against such a thing. There's more to the college experience than learning the materials. There's the experience in totality that many players need.
Another thing you have to remember is that Kareem played a lot longer than he intended to because he had an agent who ripped him off for a lot of money. Alex English had the same agent and also was ripped off. At one point they were suing each other because the agent was telling them that he gave their money to the other guy and they had to sue to protect their interests even though they didn't believe that the other guy had their money. So Kareem may have some bitterness. I don't think the $30 million quote is him complaining that he didn't get $30 million but if there is some bitterness, he earned it.