AAU basketball has changed the way that players make decisions on high school, travel, college and professional teams. There are very few of the killer personalities. Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant types that don’t feel the need to team up with others are few and far between. Today’s young players have created the idea of playing with friends and being sincerely happy whether they win or lose.
Anthony Davis had been with the New Orleans Pelicans. After talking to Lebron James and signing with Clutch Sports headed by Rich Paul (One of Lebron’s James business partners and close friends) Davis has signed with LA. Kawhi Leonard and Paul George now star together for Los Angeles Clippers after a trade request in Oklahoma and leaving a championship in Toronto.
So why do we get upset when a player wants out of an NBA team? Have we not created this culture through travel ball and shoe circuit teams? Changing teams? Playing on multiple teams? What did we think would happen? This has been one of the few positives that has come from AAU. Kids are more thoughtful and less willing to do things out of loyalty for a program. Instead opting to do whats best for them.