A conversation with Kanin Cunningham

The Detroit Pistons have a solid history of playing guard, and with the first pick in the 2021 NBA Draft they have added to that by picking Kid Cunningham. Many people have played a role in Kidd’s athletic career, and none is more important than his siblings Kanin and Kaelen.

I spoke with his brother Kanin one-on-one about Kidd’s off-season preparations, coached by Larry Brown, when he knew Kidd was special, and many more, providing an exclusive look at one of the most promising young players in the NBA.

Cannen didn’t hold back in this interview and was very candid in sharing his experiences and knowledge with us.

Detroit Pistons: Cade Cunningham’s off-season prep and off-season

Cade Cunningham’s offseason focused strengthens his body and shooting. “We’re not trying to reinvent the wheel,” Kanin said, referring to his off-season regime, “he’s been training with weightlifting.” The Kid results window appears. He’s gained about fifteen pounds and his shoulders look wider, which will help him finish around the basket and defend larger players.

I asked him if Kidd’s failure to win the Rookie of the Year motivates him? Kanin quickly replied “Yes but Kidd isn’t working harder because he didn’t win, he’s already working” and then went on to say, “It’s not about the rookies of the year, Kidd wants to be an All-Star and not just an all-NBA” “meaning he’s working towards achieving Those goals regardless.He decided Detroit fans would see with my own eyes how hard work pays off.My suggestion is to make your own popcorn.

It looks like Jaden Ivey is Back area player next to Kid For the foreseeable future will benefit from Kidd correction. Cade has been working on it constantly, Cannen stated “Late last season he got away with it…Shooting is something we’re working on, he and Ivy can create dribbling and passing” that’s a recipe for success.

When did you know that Kid was special?

There’s always a moment when you watch a little kid transform into an NBA prospect that you realize is different. Kidd’s family could tell early on that he was head and shoulders above his peers. Cannen had this to say, “Cade will learn to watch us, the things to do, and sometimes not to do” and this allowed him to add whatever suited him. Few players have the kind of existence that Cade Cunningham had as a beginner and he had clearly learned from those around him since he was young.

As a professional athlete, Kidd’s selfless mindset makes him so special. I asked Cannen when did you know Kidd was such a special player and he said to me, “At five, he used to see me and our sister playing and wanted to play too… He was always better than all the kids his age at all sports.” Cannen said afterwards: It’s early in high school, then EYBL exceeded the expectations we had for him and probably the same too.”

Before playing in the prestigious Monteverde Academy, he was Kidd. When you have siblings who are competitors, it creates competition. With his brother’s age gap (8.5 years older than him) he was able to watch and learn from older players while also playing against a bigger and bigger competition.

Larry Brown

Larry Brown was the puppet master behind the “Goin To Work” championship race. His Hall of Fame biography speaks for itself. One of his most notable accomplishments is being the only coach to win titles at the college level and in the NBA. He trained Cannen during his tenure at Southern Methodist University.

Kanin has great respect for him as a coach and as a man who says “My dad is the one I look up to the most and is the same with Kid, but Coach Brown is the father figure” talking about his relationship with his former coach. “Coach Brown talked about competing, playing the right way,” he said, the fabric of his coaching ideology.

Newcomer Pistons Galen Doreen had the luxury of training By Larry Brown courtesy of Memphis Tiger. Beeston Rashid Wallace was previously another on the coaching staff to help develop two roles as well. Still talking today, Larry Brown and Kanin said “I spoke to him (Larry Brown) he’s happy to have both options here” referring to Ivy and Doreen being the Pistons. It’s safe to say Brown is keeping an eye on the team he coached for the NBA Finals.

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I can see this team being competitive, but it will take some time to build a permanent winner with a roster with this young man.

The win total shouldn’t be the end with fans. Cannen touched on this saying, “I don’t know how many wins they are going to have, but it will be interesting to watch” and I totally agree. This is the year for growth and we’re expecting some growing pains along the way, but make no mistake this team is heading uphill.