(Video) Sports: Kevin Garnett Says AAU Has Ruined the NBA

The Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) is supposed to help prepare young basketball players and is also the best way for the young ballers to get their names out there.  Many players in the NBA, grew up and are familiar with each other as most of them participated in that league.  The AAU also has its downside.  Kobe Bryant, who grew up in Italy before returning to Philly, previously said European players are more skillful, and AAU doesn’t teach them properly.  Kevin Garnett agrees.

NBA: Kobe Bryant Trashes AAU Basketball & Says Europeans Are More Skillful

Kobe Bryant’s father played professional basketball in Italy so he grew up learning the game in Europe while most of the NBA came up in the highly competitive youth system, called AAU.  Byrant blames the lack of skill in the NBA on what those players learned while playing in the AAU.

(Video) NBA: Lebron James Jr Already Has College Coaches Watching

You can never be too young, if you have talent for some college coach to keep an eye on you way before he should even know you. Of course the situation helps when your father is Lebron James. Lebron James Jr, who is only nine years old is already attracting the attention of Thad Madda, head coach of Ohio State University. Bron already has a connection to the school and it is likely he would of considered going there himself had he not jumped right to the NBA. Bron Jr has some nice skills already and it is fair to assume he is only going to get better from here considering his gene pool. Hit the jump.

(Video) Sports: Ex-NBA Player Punches Parent At 3rd Grade Basketball Game After Losing

I’ve seen parents take their kids games a little too seriously but this is pretty bad.  Ex-NBA player Erick Barkley is the coach of his nine-year old son’s AAU basketball team and things turned ugly.

Former AAU President Accused of Child Molestation!!!

The athletic based child sex abuse charges just keep mounting up.  In addition to Penn State and Syracuse, charges have been brought up against ex-Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) president Robert “Bobby” Dodd.  Two former basketball players have accused him of molesting them as children, according to an ESPN report.  Read more after the jump. @Shay_Marie x @gametimegirl

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