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Former NBA champion Robert Horry: ‘I hate AAU basketball’ (VIDEO)

Jul 4, 2014, 5:30 PM EDT

Former Alabama star and seven-time NBA champion Robert Horry took some shots at grassroots basketball during a recent speaking engagement for the Thuzio Executive Club in New York.

Horry was on a panel with other former NBA champions Robert Parish and Bill Cartwright when he went on a rant about his hatred of AAU basketball.

ThePostGame has the video of the anti-AAU rant:

The man known as “Big Shot Rob” makes some valid points about the culture of grassroots basketball. Certain players will participate in too many games during the spring and summer and some coaches are only looking out for themselves.

But Horry is also misguided in some of his rant.

For one, there are plenty of high school basketball coaches that are also in it for themselves as they try to climb up the coaching ladder in a very cut-throat profession. This isn’t just an issue that is limited to grassroots basketball coaches. People will always try to exploit others to get ahead and high school coaching is no different. That’s just the way the world works.

Another issue I have with Horry’s rant is his personal experience with his son. If Horry is upset that his son is playing for a team that isn’t properly coached, then why was his son playing on that team in the first place? And if something becomes an issue after joining a program, why not switch teams and find a better situation for your kid’s development?

Youth basketball players aren’t forced to play grassroots basketball and nobody is forced to play for a specific program. There are plenty of options available for players to find what they’re looking for in grassroots basketball. There are programs that can get a player exposure, aid in development or allow for more playing time. It’s all about taking the time to find the correct fit.

(H/T: ThePostGame)

  1. montrealknowledge - Jul 4, 2014 at 6:32 PM

    You don’t think there is a problem when you have to rank programs directed at exposure and those directed at development in seperate categories? Programs should be able to do both… Which is why Horry is correct.. Barkley has also said ” it’s the worst thing in the world”

  2. klinickal - Jul 10, 2014 at 8:18 AM

    This writer sets out to discredit Horry and buries himself. I see no reason why someone who works for NBC can’t pick up the phone and ask Horry those very questions about his son’s AAU’s experience.

    lazy Scot.

    • Scott Phillips - Jul 10, 2014 at 9:13 AM

      Lazy? I posted this ON the Fourth of July. Sorry that I’m a college basketball writer who doesn’t have the phone number of a NBA player that retired a few years ago. I would love to ask him those very questions. I posed my questions and thoughts behind my real name on a large and public forum, didn’t I? Didn’t have the direct access and it was a holiday. Can’t win ‘em all. Sorry. Thanks for reading.

      • klinickal - Jul 11, 2014 at 10:03 AM

        That’s my conclusion, with that flimsy excuse.

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