Check out this article by ESPN writers Myron Medcalf and Dana O’Neil.

Playground basketball is dying

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Although I did not play AAU basketball, I played club soccer and lacrosse. Even throughout my few years playing, the focus has completely changed. Practice and training everyday replaces chances for pick-up. Dreams to play in the NBA include multi-million dollar contracts and sponsorship, not just becoming a great player. Sports have truly become businesses.