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.