Suns’ Devin Booker responds to Gilbert Arenas’ advice about open-run double-teams
Arenas wrote a lengthy post on Instagram where he told Booker that he should not be frustrated about getting double-teamed in in pickup games. The former NBA All-Star pointed out that not getting doubled is actually satisfying because it means that the opponents respect your game.
Booker took time to reply on the said post from Arenas, saying that he felt the need to respond because he looks up to the former NBA superstar.
The sharp-shooting guard insisted that he does not feel double-teaming is needed in pickup games based on his experience since he was a child.
— Devin Booker (@DevinBook) August 21, 2019
The 22-year-old guard said that when he was growing up, he was tasked to guard players older than him. He used to ask for help in defense, but his father did not oblige. The Suns star said that from then on, he believed that when playing open-gym basketball, it is either you eat your opponents or get eaten mentally.
He clarified, though, that it is a different story in actual games.
He added that when double-teamed in games, players need to make the right decision on whether he should pass the ball to an open teammate or stay aggressive by shooting over the opponents.