Draymond Green calls out ex-players for criticizing today’s top NBA

Draymond Green calls out ex-players for criticizing today’s top NBA

BOSTON — The moment many of us have been waiting for, hoping for and quietly pleading finally arrived on Tuesday.

A current NBA star took a few moments to spit fire at former NBA stars who so casually disparage today’s players as infinitely softer and somehow inferior to those they’re with had played.

Thank you, Draymond Green, for calling in the paper tigers and grumpy pundits so often bent on revising history.

On the podium between Games 2 and 3 of the NBA Finals, Draymond was asked if anyone from the past had “inspired” his willingness to engage verbally and physically, a topic brought up following his brief skirmish with Celtics forward Grant Williams in Game 2. Sunday at the Chase Center.

Draymond said his style was formed in his hometown of Saginaw, Michigan, a blue-collar town that spawned dozens of NBA and NFL athletes. He also shouted Gary Payton, who along with ex-Celtic Cedric Maxwell was delighted with the physicality and trashy talk between Green and Williams.

Maxwell, however, said Draymond would have been “knocked out” in his time. It was the phrase that made her inner heat rise.

“Obviously growing up I watched guys like Gary Payton, Rasheed Wallace,” Green said. “I watched all these guys and how they went about their business. Denis Rodman. Seeing these guys over the years, and I have a huge appreciation for Uncle Oak (Charles Oakley), how he applied things. It’s part of the game. It’s a skill. I have a huge appreciation for those guys.

“I saw what Cedric Maxwell said.”

And that’s where Draymond kicked his disgust into another gear.

“One thing that baffles me in the 80s or 90s, or whenever you want to call it when basketball was so much more physical, is that some of the guys that were talking weren’t the ones that were hitting people,” Green said. said. “They act like guys are walking around the field, like, ‘I’m punching this guy in the nose.’ There were a few guys back then that would kick you out, knock you out, foul you up and get kicked out of the game. Bill Laimbeer. Rick Mahorn.

“But everyone running around acting like he was that, you were all intimidated. So it baffles me when all the guys, just because they played in the 80s, just because they played in the 90s, it’s like, man, if you played nowadays, you’d be eliminated. No, not really, because it wouldn’t be you.

Laimbeer and Mahorn were the Detroit Pistons’ Motor City hitmen during the Bad Boys era. Draymond wore diapers during that time, but he clearly heard stories and saw highlights from those teams, which won back-to-back championships in 1989 and 1990.

But Draymond didn’t let his sermon end there. Of course, he didn’t. Today’s NBA players cheering along with the swagger of yesteryear is high-level entertainment in 2022, when the debate turns divisive, which may breed disgust — but may be ratings gold televised.

Sometimes, but not always, there is a tone of levity. Or a fiery barbershop dialogue between generations.

And, here, Draymond was trying to make sense of it. He concluded, rightly, that there is no sense in doing so.

“When guys get to make these comparisons or say, ‘Oh, if you were playing these days’ . . . said Green. “What if you played at that time, you should have been much more skilled than you were. It’s just different.

“Comparing the physicality of the game and everyone acting like they’re just the most physical and brutal enforcers, it’s like everyone acts like they’re shooting the ball like Steph Curry today.”

Draymond was openly questioning the authenticity of these players whose words in 2022 bear no resemblance to their deeds in 1992. The truth is that many are frauds. The game was beautiful sometimes in the 1980s and 1990s. It was beautiful sometimes in the 2010s and now in the 2020s.

The rules have changed, so the game has changed too.

“Then it was physical, now it’s shooting,” Green said. “Not everyone can shoot the ball. Imagine me 20 years from now, man, if you were playing in my time, you had to shoot. Like, yeah, guys were shooting better and more. But that doesn’t mean you shot so well.

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Today’s game is mostly about depth and 3-point shooting and skill variance, with players who might have been centers in the 1980s showing guard artistry. There is, undoubtedly, more finesse.

The NBA of yesteryear was more about stature, structure and willpower. Bring your muscle, punk or get punked. Although he provided many fantastic plays and moments, the depth of quality across the league was severely limited.

From 1980 to 1998, 18 of the 19 championships were divided by just five teams: Lakers, Celtics, Pistons, Bulls and Rockets.

In the 23 seasons since, there have been 10 different champions.

different league. Best League. One who does not deserve the ridicule or contempt that comes his way in the name of pointless “debate”.

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