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ATLANTA — The Atlanta Hawks hosted a charity event Wednesday at State Farm Arena, with the entire roster and coaching staff participating in group activities with 150 underprivileged children from different youth groups around Atlanta.
When the kids first came out into the lower bowl seats, they were asked by the host on the microphone if they were big fans of Trae Young.
Obviously, an abundance of kids raised their hand and were excited when they were told they would get to meet the 20-year old rookie point guard. There were several different stations in and around the court. Young and Hawks veteran Vince Carter were at the photo booth where kids could take their picture with the two of them.
“I was having a lot of fun,” Young told Amico Hoops during the event. “I had a lot of fun making different types of faces and different types of funny pictures. Things like that, so it was fun for me.”
Jeremy Lin, Alex Len and other Hawks players were at the station on the court. They were having fun with the kids shooting and guarding them. When Young was finished with the photo booth he couldn’t help himself. The 6-foot-2 point guard grabbed a ball and started dribbling around and even taking a few shots. One kid took the challenge of trying to guard him.
Young is known for his long-range shooting and was one of the subjects of a recent ESPN article that suggested a 4-point shot. He would be a beneficiary of a potential NBA rule change.
“I think it’s pretty cool,” Young said. “Sometimes I shoot so far I point at where I shot at just to let people know how deep it is, but at the end of the day it’s still a 3-pointer.”
Young doesn’t seem opposed to a potential rule change either.
“Maybe one day they turn it into a 4-point line,” Young said. “The game’s only going to get better. It’s going to get better at some point so why not now.”
The Hawks, who have a 4-point line at their practice facility, don’t use it for shooting — but Young is confident that he could be a hypothetical four-point shooter.
“I know I can shoot from there. I have the distance from there,” Young said.
Only the future will tell if that rule will come to fruition, but the evolution of basketball has shown the game continues to move further and further away from the basket. And the Hawks seem to be enjoying the game and their fans just the way it is now.