Rookies have to build confidence when they enter the NBA. Transitioning from the college game to the vociferous professional one brings about loads of challenges. The rookies have to adjust to handling world class athleticism, different floor dimensions and just learning how to be an adult. It’s a coming of age moment for guys who are mostly between the ages of 19 and 21 years old.
Rondae Hollis-Jefferson took a keen opportunity to boost his confidence when he played a small child in 1-on-1 at a basketball camp. The Brooklyn Nets rookie gives the impressionable youngster a mean crossover before rising up for a monster dunk. Honestly, you’d expect the child to have better lateral quickness. He lets Jefferson blow right by him and doesn’t even muster a jump to contest the jam. Kids, obviously, just don’t play defense like they used to.
Fortunately, Jefferson and the kid became good friends afterwards. Jefferson is a really awesome person, who should get lots of opportunities on a frazzled Nets roster. He’ll see tougher defense at the NBA level, but it’s nothing he’s not prepared for.