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 Kobe Bryant's opinion on AAU developed players vs. European developed players

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PostSubject: Kobe Bryant's opinion on AAU developed players vs. European developed players   Sat Jan 03, 2015 5:44 pm

Just wanted to post this on here. Very much agree with his point of view, and is something to think about here in BC as well.

http://www.thescore.com/nba/news/671842


Kobe: European players 'more skillful' and it's AAU ball's fault

One of the things that has made Kobe Bryant more likable as he's aged is his outspokenness, and on Friday, he didn't hesitate to offer his opinion on the difference between European and North American basketball players.

"I just think European players are way more skillful," he told media in something of a diatribe following the Los Angeles Lakers' 109-106 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies. " ... We have to teach our kids to play the right way."


When asked where the shortcoming was in the American developmental system, Bryant set his sights on AAU teams, which now at least help develop the vast majority of NBAers.

"Horrible, terrible AAU basketball. It's stupid," he said, as relayed by Arash Markazi of ESPN. "It doesn't teach our kids how to play the game at all so you wind up having players that are big and they bring it up and they do all this fancy crap and they don't know how to post. They don't know the fundamentals of the game. It's stupid."

Bryant, of course, while born in the U.S., spent a chunk of his formative years in Italy while his father played basketball there. 

He went on to further criticize AAU culture, which many believe is solely driven by the goal of profiting off the raw talent of youngsters.

"Teach players the game at an early age and stop treating them like cash cows for everyone to profit off of," Bryant said.
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PostSubject: Re: Kobe Bryant's opinion on AAU developed players vs. European developed players   Sun Jan 04, 2015 12:55 am

Very insightful post. All one has to do is read some of the information out there regarding the current system for young players out of the US and you understand the points being made.
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PostSubject: AAU is crap   Sat Jan 10, 2015 5:56 pm

People are treating this like it's NEW?? AAU has been known as a 'cash grab' for years. Much like some local 'club' or 'academy' programs.

YOU MUST TEACH FUNDAMENTALS. You must develop the skills of the player.

You can get a dog a Div 1 deal - does not mean that it's a good thing that they playing Div 1. Maybe it is for the organizing body (club or academy) as they get to market that their player is now in Div 1... but what it is not doing is talking about how their player is not playing because he can't play Div 1 because his skills are not there so he's pulling slivers out of his butt from wasting away one or two years of his eligibility by sitting on the bench.

Players need to go where they are going to play and develop. If this means staying in Canada and playing CIS or CCAA or going south and playing Div 2 - then that's what they should do.

Filling kids and/or their families heads with smoke about how their kid is a Div 1 player and that only YOU are the one that can get them there is a complete disservice to the kid and the sport in general. Sure - you make a few more dollars on the backs of kids but it's at the expense of your ethics.

European program stress skills and fundamentals at both ends of the court - their products KNOW how to play basketball. They produce 7 footers that can drop a three on you, shoot above 80% from the line, can post you up and play defense on you at the other end of the court.

TEAM basketball...

That's my Saturday rant.
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