Lakers legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar hits out against the way the game is today in the current NBA
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has never really been known as a fan of the modern NBA.
The legend has spoken out on multiple occasions against how the game is played today. Like many from this age group, the former player has often criticized teams’ reliance on the outside shot. Abdul-Jabbar has also criticized the players’ lack of a complex post-game in this day and age, and their shot selection based largely on numeric efficiency. Simply put, the man just isn’t a fan of complex numbers in basketball.
Kareem has always been consistent with this opinion. But why?
Well, in 2015, he explained his reasoning, in an interview on the Dan Patrick Show.
Let’s get into it.
“I don’t enjoy watching it”: Kareem Abdul Jabbar explains his dislike of the game today
Many in the NBA Twitterverse believe, the only reason Kareem really hates today’s game, is because he is bitter his trademark Skyhook immediately went out of his style past his playing days. Now, while we do enjoy that cheeky explanation. Here is what really happened according to the man himself.
“Nowadays, they’ll take 20 shots in a half, three-point shots. So by putting a premium on a low percentage shot, it’s changed the nature of the game. It’s different… I don’t enjoy watching it as much, but I think the fans like it, so it’s gonna remain part of the game.”
Honestly, as much as some may want to clown on this former player’s ways, we can’t help but understand him. Not saying we agree, however, it’s possible to perhaps not enjoy yourself as much when the game has changed so much from when you played it.
Perhaps the ‘old heads’ aren’t just listless haters of today’s game after all.