In Sunday's New York Times Magazine, Mike Sokolove has the cover story on the life (all 13 years) and times of Allonzo Trier, a kid basketball player who has his own clothing line, travels around the country playing in all-star tournaments and plays footsy with covetous college coaches.
Mike paints a picture of a sweet kid with exceptional basketball skills. The adults in the article - tutors, advisors, AAU coaches, summer-camp counselors and talent scouts - mostly seem, stating the obvious, to be opportunists. I wasn't sure what to make of Allonzo's mother, Marie.
I'm trying to imagine the pressure on this kid now that he's been on the cover of the Times Mag. I can't.