Rasheed Wallace makes some absurdly hot takes about the success of LeBron James and Kevin Durant during the current era
Kevin Durant and LeBron James are essentially considered to be players at the very tippy-top of the NBA. Their class, brilliance, and contributions to the game of basketball have placed them in conversations to be on the Mount Rushmore of basketball, among greats like Michael Jordan and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
Despite all their ability though, there are still many that doubt them on a daily basis. Whether it is not being clutch, simply getting all the calls they want from the officials, or just something else entirely, there is always a reason for a section of the NBA community to put them down. And it seems former player Rasheed Wallace has found one too.
Perhaps not as extreme as the others though, the former NBA player revealed some thoughts, that are surely still hot enough to set some fans on fire.
Let’s get into it.
Rasheed Wallace reveals he doesn’t think Kevin Durant and LeBron James would have been the same players in his era
We think we just heard every younger fan of the NBA utter the phrase ‘not this again’. And to those fans we say, we’re right there with you.
During his interview on the ‘Million Dolloz Worth of Game’ show, Rasheed Wallace was asked to label LeBron James as either soft or a beast. And while he didn’t want to call the Lakers superstar the former verb, he didn’t exactly praise him either. Here is what he said.
“He probably would’ve done good with his physical stature, with him being bigger than the majority of the rest of the players. So he probably would’ve held his own, but I don’t think he would be as successful as he is now. It’s a whole different era back then. I couldn’t necessarily say that he would’ve been a beast but I think he would’ve held his own.”
When asked the same question about Kevin Durant though, Wallace seemed a lot more free to lay into the player.
“In that era? No, I don’t think he would’ve had too much success. Now, he’s a monster. You have to look at it this way, back then, there were a lot of post-ups. Back then, the game was inside-out. Now, it’s outside-in.”
You can probably already tell, but we don’t really agree with this take. Why?
Well as Paolo Mariano of ‘Clutchpoints’ said in his piece on the matter, LeBron James did indeed play in Rasheed Wallace’s era, and absolutely dominated it. The King even singlehandedly big boy’d the Pistons in the 2007 Eastern Conference Finals.
With Kevin Durant though, since he came at the tail end of that era, there can still be some reasonable doubt. But, if you have a 7-foot sniper, with handles, and the agility and dexterity of a guard, does he sound like a player who wouldn’t go ham on the league?
We’ll let you decide.