Gilbert Arenas’ advice for Suns’ Devin Booker on double-teams in pick-up games
Booker and Joakim Noah got into it during a recent pick-up game after Noah told his team to double-team Booker. The Suns guard said you’re not supposed to double-team on open-runs because players are trying to work on their games.
Gilbert Arenas took to Instagram to give Devin Booker some advice from one scorer to another:
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@dbook from a killer to the future…if u wanna be an all star then ur complaint is correct BUT if u wanna be a superstar…u accept double teams in pickup..u demand double teams in pickup….u should be offended when u don't get double teamed in pickups and the reason is…if u get doubled teamed in the nba how dare some pickup ball cats don't respect ur game enough to double u….u can ask @ricohinesbball in highschool if the college and pro players didn't double me at the UCLA runs that shot was going up…I trained to hard to let 1 defender disrespect my game by guarding me 1 on 1 I didn't care who he thought he was #hibachimentality every time u step on that court u want it game like….THE second picture is my rookie season " I still shot that shit" becuz I've been in that position before (playing 21 with 6 players and u got 20..the whole court trying to stop u at that point) now tap into ur true calling #assassinbook
Devin Booker has established himself as one of the best scorers in the NBA. However, it’s clear Arenas wants Booker to embrace the double-team and develop that assassins mentality.
Booker was just frustrated because he was solely trying to work on his offensive game, but playing out of double-teams is part of basketball at the end of the day. All the great scorers in NBA history had to learn how to play through double-teams, and Booker has to experience it sooner or later anyway.
Last season for the Suns, Devin Booker averaged 26.6 points while shooting 46.7 percent from the field, 32.6 percent from beyond the arc and 86.6 percent from the free-throw line. The sky is the limit for Booker, who is only 22.