Kobe Bryant Says NBA’s Finesse Game Makes Him Nauseous
We’ve heard players from the 80’s complain about how soft the league had become in the ‘90’s and now players in the ‘90’s are complaining about how soft the league has become in the turn of the new century. Kobe Bryant recently said, “It’s more of a finesse game. It’s more small ball. Which, personally, I don’t really care much for. Makes me nauseous. You can’t touch a guy….Nowadays, anybody can get out there and get to the basket – you can’t touch ‘em. Back then, if you have guys putting their hands on you, you have to have the skills to be able to go both ways, change directions, post up and have that mid-range game, because you didn’t want to go all the way to the basket because you’d get knocked [down].”
The NBA has largely become a 3-point shooting league and a dunking league. There aren’t many post-up players or mid-range shooters anymore. As a result, you can have players that are 6’4 like Tyreke Evans disguising themselves as small forward position or 6'6 players like Paul Pierce disguising themselves as power forwards. With the league favoring offense more than defense with its new rules, the league has naturally become more soft and less physical.