There is a wide gap between the level of basketball being played every night on an NBA court and a middle school hoops game. A tiny percentage of those young players go on to successful high school and college careers. Even fewer turn professional.
NBA players should be thrilled that the game is healthy amidst a global pandemic. More young players getting involved with the sport is good for basketball. Those who have reached the incredible heights of pro ball should always encourage participation.
Kevin Durant recently went in the opposite direction. A video of either grader Jayden Moore performing a slick crossover move went viral. Durant immediately responded on social media, where he said the move wasn’t any good. USA Today tracked down Moore, who said he was hurt by the NBA star’s words.
“Like, what made him take time out of his day to say something negative instead of encouraging me or telling what really needs to be done and then texting me privately or something like that.”
Moore’s head coach said the comments were a sign of immaturity. Ken Novak said he understands that professionals want to see better basketball. He didn’t believe this was the appropriate way to do it.
Jayden Moore is a typical eighth grade student who wants to elevate his game. There is no reason for Kevin Durant to trash a child about his moves. It’s one thing to trash talk another professional player. Jayden was shocked by the news that a future Hall of Famer trashed his game. Now, he will use it as motivation.
What do you think of Kevin Durant criticizing the hoops game of a child? Let us know in the comments!