Is Playground Basketball Dying?
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Is “Playground Basketball” dying? We aren’t talking about streetball like you saw in the And1 Mixtapes. We are talking about outdoor playground basketball. Outside in the heat and on the concrete. We are talking about where the Fresh Prince spent most of his days. We are talking about where the legend of the Big O and Kareem started.
So who killed it? AAU basketball? NBA & NCAA rules? Diversification among Sports? Violence?
ESPN released a very interesting read titled “Playground Basketball Is Dying” and here’s a few quotes from it.
“I think a lot of guys don’t think it’s worth it,” said Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry
“AAU is a big milestone for anybody,” said D’Angelo Russell, a five-star Ohio State signee from Louisville. “If you’re not playing AAU, you’ll be lucky to get out of your own city. AAU helps any kid. You get to play in front of top colleges, play with the top players, against the top players. You get to make a name for yourself every day you play.”
“Dominique Wilkins played outside, and he could still jump,” said Taras Brown, a longtime AAU coach and Durant’s godfather. “They say they’re worried about their knees. Your knees don’t go ’til you’re in your 40s. They just don’t want to play outside anymore.”
Do you think playground basketball is dying? Is it already dead and if so, do you think we will see a resurrection?