This week my son showed me some videos of AAU highlights and I was stunned. Eighth graders doing tomahawk and 360 dunks…eighth graders! Makes you wonder what is happening and whether it is physically good for the kids. Researchers are starting to look at the injuries of todays young NBA stars, and whether they are the result of the wear and tear of playing 100 games per year starting at age 8. Interestingly, many of today’s top NBA stars including Kawhi Leonard, Damian Lillard, Steph Curry, Paul George, C.J. McCollum, and Pascal Siakam all attended mid-majors and were not regarded as high prospects out of high school. Basketball is also more suited for social media than any other major sport and having a solid mid-range game won’t make you a viral star like Zion Williamson. So, expect to see more young players stretching their physical limits to the nth degree. Zion himself is already getting injured at an alarming rate. I think he is the most talented NBA prospect in a generation, I hope his best plays aren’t already behind him.
The narrative in the sports world this week was dominated with the bruhaha around the Houston Astros cheating scandal. For those that don’t read the sports page, Major League Baseball suspended Astros Manager, A.J. Hinch and GM Jeff Luhnow for orchestrating a sophisticated signal stealing scheme dating back to their 2017 championship team.