The offseason means that pickup games are frequently posted on social media. Fans can see their favorite celebrities, actors, and rappers mixing it with NBA pros, semi-pros, and even the retired ones. However, one NBA superstar is not all-in when it comes to posting these workout highlights.
Preseason workout highlights
Players are ideally busy during the offseason to work on their games. Fans can see different highlights uploaded on social media platforms. In a way, this is also how trainers promote their services. Chris Joseph Brickley is one of them. He owns the Black Ops Basketball. He has several NBA players as clients, such as Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Durant, CJ McCollum, Russell Westbrook, Kevin Love, Donovan Mitchell, and D’Angelo Russell.
Their offseason videos create debate online because fans are excited to watch them make those moves in actual games, but critics claim they are all nothing but highlights. The misses, the botched dunks, and the airballs don’t make the final videos, so fans should treat these highlights with a grain of salt.
A good example would be Ben Simmons’ offseason workouts. He could be seen draining consecutive long-range shots in pickup games, but as evident in last season, he could not replicate it in actual games.
Devin Booker’s take on offseason workouts
For Phoenix Suns star Devin Booker, off-season workout highlights should only feature those that killed it. He tweeted his opinions about it below:
In what could be a subtle shade thrown to basketball trainers, fellow hoopers, and even celebrity guests, DBook misses the point of having the highlights uploaded: basketball marketing.
When a trainer uploads highlights, it shows the player’s transformation after availing of the services offered. It remains to be seen if it would translate into better performance in official games. For players playing for a second chance or a longer contract in the coming season, these pickup games are opportunities to show that they can still play. Just ask Hoodie Melo, who benefitted from his offseason workouts and got signed by the Portland Trail Blazers in 2019.
That is not the first time DBook actually mentioned his issues with pickup games. In a video uploaded, he got frustrated over double-teams in the offseason. You can watch the clip below:
The NBA star probably did not like that celebrities and rappers are stealing some spotlight in these offseason games. Recently, a video uploaded featured Trae Young, Boban Marjanovic, Tobias Harris, and other NBA players, but actor/comedian Adam Sandler stirred the online conversations. Sandler proved that he could play with pros, as seen in the video below:
Even if DBook prefers working out without cameras, it’s difficult to remove it entirely. Those who are watching could easily use their phones, record, and upload on social media. There’s a reason why highlights of pickup games get millions of views: they bring good vibes to everyone and benefit players and trainers.