Devin Booker Takes a Dig at NBA Players in Recent Tweet

Published 09/05/2021, 7:30 AM EDT
Jun 20, 2021; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker reacts against the Los Angeles Clippers in the first half during game one of the Western Conference Finals for the 2021 NBA Playoffs at Phoenix Suns Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports


Hard work is one of the most important traits for a player in the NBA. In order to grow as a player, constant practice and grind are a must. Notably, one such player who has adopted this mentality is Phoenix Suns’ Devin Booker. The shooting guard seems to improve year after year to make his way to the top.

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Recently, many players have been putting out their workout videos on the internet. However, Booker may not be in favor of it. In his latest tweet, the Phoenix Suns’ shooting guard has seemingly taken a dig at the players showing off their workouts on social media.

Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Basketball – Men – Group A – France v United States – Saitama Super Arena, Saitama, Japan – July 25, 2021. Devin Booker of the United States before the match REUTERS/Brian Snyder
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Devin Booker takes a shot at NBA players’ workout videos?

The off season is the perfect opportunity for a player to improve his skills. Likewise, in a world ruled by the internet, many players have put out their workout videos for the world to see. However, Book may not be a fan of it, considering his recent tweet.

Booker put out a tweet, saying, “I miss open gyms without the camera.” This may translate to him being against the recent workout videos being posted by NBA players. Or, it may also mean that he can’t find a place to put in work without being filmed.

It is unclear what Devin really means through his tweet. But, looking at the timing with all the workout videos coming out, there is a good chance he may be taking a shot at the players. He may be looking at the fact that players say they work behind the scenes but yet they put it out for everyone to see.

Jul 14, 2021; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA; Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker (1) looks to pass as Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) defends during the first quarter in game four of the 2021 NBA Finals at Fiserv Forum. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

While there is no doubt that players’ main intention is to improve their game, the volume of videos coming out could mean that they have their popularity in mind. Many release videos almost on a daily basis, which could be to show that they are hard-working.

With Devin Booker liking to work in the dark, is it reminiscent of his idol, Kobe Bryant.

Like mentor, like apprentice?

When we hear strong work ethic, the one name that comes to mind is Kobe Bryant. His understanding of hard work was completely different from a normal human. Notably, he would go through multiple practice sessions to perfect his craft.

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BEVERLY HILLS, CA – FEBRUARY 05: Kobe Bryant attends the 90th Annual Academy Awards Nominee Luncheon at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on February 5, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

And Booker is also following in Kobe’s footsteps. The only workout video of Booker out is the famous doubling in the gym, and he didn’t even post it himself. Even that isn’t a video he himself put out.

With his inspiration as the ‘Mamba’ himself, his work ethic is also very impressive. Looking at the work he truly puts in, there is no doubt he will reach his ceiling. Do you think Booker can be as good as Kobe Bryant or even surpass him? Let us know in the comments below.

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Anuj Talwalkar

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Anuj Talwalkar is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. He is a student studying at NM College in Mumbai, aspiring to pursue sports management to follow his love for sports. Anuj started following the NBA last year, and he loves to combine his passion for writing with his understanding of basketball.

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