Jared Dudley Blasts AAU Basketball After Watching LaMelo Ball, Zion Williamson

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistJuly 27, 2017

Phoenix Suns forward Jared Dudley (3) in the third quarter during an NBA basketball game against the Portland Trail Blazers, Sunday, March 12, 2017, in Phoenix. Portland defeated Phoenix 110-101. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
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Phoenix Suns forward Jared Dudley spoke out against AAU basketball after watching the Adidas Uprising Summer Championships game between LaMelo Ball's Big Ballers and Zion Williamson's SC Supreme on Wednesday night.

On Twitter, Dudley remarked that the AAU games are breeding bad basketball:

Williamson dropped 28 points in SC Supreme's 104-92 victory, while Ball scored 31 points in a losing effort at the Las Vegas showcase.

Following his initial tweet, Dudley responded to several others and further explained the rationale behind his point.

In one tweet, Dudley said there are "too many teams and too many bad coaches" in AAU ball.

Dudley also discussed the idea that there isn't enough structure in AAU exhibition games:

When a Twitter user told Dudley he sounded "old" due to his outlook, Dudley argued he was simply pointing out that young players need to develop an all-around game:

Despite the potential drawbacks of AAU basketball, Wednesday's game drew a huge crowd and was almost canceled due to the number of spectators who showed up, per ESPN.com's Myron Medcalf.

Dudley is far from a flashy player, but he has carved out a long and successful NBA career for himself.

The 32-year-old is set to enter his 11th NBA season and boasts career averages of 8.3 points, 3.4 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game.

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