Kevin Durant And Trae Young Stand With Devin Booker On Being Anti-Double Team In Pickup Games

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It’s mid-August, which means the greater NBA community has to argue about the dumbest possible things while basketball is still well over a month away from returning. The topic du jour is whether it’s OK to double team players in an open court run in the summer.

This debate was sparked by a video coming out this week of Devin Booker frustratedly lashed out after being doubled in the corner in a run that also featured Ben Simmons and Joakim Noah, the latter of which explained why doubling is fine. In the wake of this video, people have taken strong stances on being pro or anti-double team in pickup games, and some from around the NBA have chimed in.

On Wednesday, the debate got taken to another level when Trae Young and Gilbert Arenas offered their takes, with Young siding with Booker and Arenas explaining that he should embrace the double team and shoot over by channeling the “#hibachimentality.”

DBook speaking facts… There should be NO Double Teaming in pick up💯 When you trying to work on your game, and work on the moves and things you do individually in pick up… it’s annoying getting double teamed in that type of setting🤦🏽‍♂️ Just Sayin.. #OnlyAFewUnderstand 🤣🤣

— Trae Young (@TheTraeYoung) August 21, 2019

That was only the beginning, as Arenas’ post — which was liked by Dwyane Wade — led to both Booker and Durant hopping in the comments and offering their two cents on the matter, with KD also siding with Booker.

KD and DBook responds to Gilbert Arenas’ IG post pic.twitter.com/I7nai2Rqik

— NBA Central (@TheNBACentral) August 21, 2019

With Durant fully logged on, he decied to take the argument to Twitter, where he sparred with all manner of random people on web.

GUARD UP! It’s pickup, if u weak defensively then work on it in the summer cuz if u need a double during the season then coach sittin u on the yine

— Kevin Durant (@KDTrey5) August 21, 2019

Lol all I know is that man is a certified bucket and he can make the right plays. His teammates love him and he’s a dog. That other shit for the birds

— Kevin Durant (@KDTrey5) August 21, 2019

From there, Andre Iguodala decided to troll Durant some by saying he and Draymond Green doubled Durant aggressively in practice after the All-Star break, making KD very mad.

I remember me and @Money23Green kept doubling @KDTrey5 the practice after all star break… he was mad shit!!! We was tryna win fam!!

— andre (@andre) August 21, 2019

If we would’ve did that shit at Rico Hines run I would’ve went back to Malibu.

— Kevin Durant (@KDTrey5) August 21, 2019

The etiquette of the pickup game is, at once, fascinating and also an incredibly dumb thing to be a debate taking over the whole league. The two arguments are, essentially, that pickup games are a chance for guys to work on their games, and what guys like KD, Booker, and Young want to work on is 1-on-1 skills in a game environment. However, the other argument is that passing out of a double is, indeed, part of the game and an important one for a superstar. As such, that’s part of what you can work on in the summer, making smart reads out of a double to let your team take advantage — and that, no matter the circumstances, you should always play to win in any game ever.

Part of why the argument is worthless is that neither side is going to give in. Both can make salient points and feel right in their convictions, as such, we’re just going to go in an endless loop and there will not be any overarching “rule” put in place for pickup etiquette. What it should do is maybe spark this as a conversation to be had prior to a game so everyone’s on the same page, although given how this has played out, that might result in no game ever starting.

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