The Problem with Today's NBA is several things, the arogance of today's players, the amount of dunking in today's game, and player longevity.
Lets start with player cockiness, Players today are no longer as humble as they were say 15 years ago now I'm not saying that there were not cocky players back then because there was some but, with today's NBA players seem to only play for the money and the perks that come with it the players think about that mainly I find becuase if they really loved the game they would not allow themseleves to get into situations that would damage their carrer. Take Stephen Jackson for example or Even PacMan Jones in the NFL prime examples of pro athletes that get in too deep and further the trouble once they become pro athletes.
If I were David Stern I would see to it that Stephen Jackson get a "two strikes and your out policy" to make him an example for other NBA players.
As for money, this causes players to just bring a lack of work ethich to the floor I mean look at Vince Carter when got that 90 million dollar contract from the Raptors. In the final years of his contract he certainly did not earn his pay at all. The anser is simple, if I were David Stern I would stop paying the players this much money and we will see how much the players will work for their pay.
As for dunking, to me it is just bland during games now, when guys like MJ, Spud, Dominque and Sir Charles dunked it was finess and grace (okay, maybe not finess and grace for Sir Charles) in today's game it seems to me that guys like Tyruss Thomas and Tyson Chandler for got what a shot and layup are. Dunking to me was something special when guys played 15-20 years ago, now its the entire game.If I were in charge I would say that each team would be allowed only 5 dunks per game.
And now finally for the longevity, It makes me sad that there is only a small number of players still active from 1995 or before, no more Robert Parish or John Stockton like players who can 20 years or more, and do you know why?
The game yes, is faster which has the older players at a dis advantage in today's game but what about players playing for the love of the game? Young players today will get the 80 million dollar contracts and then retire after 5 years, now I'm not saying that injuries are not factors which they can be and are sometimes but players figure that I have made enough money now I will retire. I suppose if you win a title your first year sure, but if not why do a lot of guys retire after 5 to 10 years, maybe they take the Barry Sanders road but it makes me sad that we now rarely not see any more players today who played against Larry Bird and Allen Iverson. I cannot personally fix this, it is up to the players to decide to play or retire.
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