A student-assistant of mine at work showed me this video earlier today after we were talking about some of the kids that come into the sports facility to play pickup basketball. As someone that plays, or even has had my share of playing back in the day, this video literally had me laughing hysterically in my office. The video is entertaining, but is accurate in every way. If you've played pickup basketball, you either know someone that fit these stereotypes, have seen these stereotypes, or are one of these stereotypes. Enjoy!
I said back in July when Kevin Durant rocked the NBA world with his trade request, that he "showed us who he was". It wasn't a negative comment, but one that encompasses his entire career being a product of our current sport climate - success and focus on legacy. We emphasize the value of a career on rings, and thus, Durant has too. Why wouldn't he?! Upon waking up and realizing that Durant will don the purple and orange for the Phoenix Suns in what is clearly now a team to watch come the NBA Playoffs, I find myself further pondering if Kevin Durant is the prime result of what we - yes, us! - have done to the modern athlete. Today, Durant is one of the greatest basketball players I've ever seen. EVER. The dude is rare. He's a seven-foot magician which makes defending him even more difficult based on how damn efficient he is on the basketball court. It's downright poetic and beautiful to watch Durant play. And yes, I'm romanticizing his game. I belie