We should not be asking the question

Now I will fully admit that I am not in a position to assess whether or not this child (please note, I resisted the urge to say “young man” because at 10 years old he really is still just a child) is the best basketball player in the country for his age.  That said, I think that by asking that very question we are opening up a very dangerous dialog that should be addressed head-on.  I am all for the cultivation of natural and learned talents that young people possess and I have a high degree of respect for this child’s parents approach to school first, sports second.  However I am concerned that we are opening the door even slightly – by creating a public forum for these considerations – that cannot be closed.  Judge for yourself: