Former NBA player calls new edition of league ‘soft’

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The NBA now, compared to the league 10 or 15 years ago, is completely different, with everything geared toward three-point shooting and a severe lack of physicality.

One player who knows this all too well is four-time All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins, who at age 32 can’t even hold down a job in the league.

Cousins, who didn’t play a minute during the 2022-23 NBA season after playing for the Milwaukee Bucks and Denver Nuggets last season, talked about what it was like starting his career in the league via FanDuel TV Now the game is completely different. ,

The irony is that even though Cousins ​​may have dropped out of the league at this stage in his career, the best players in the NBA today are centers and forwards.

The three finalists for the NBA MVP award were Nikola Jokic, Giannis Antetokounmpo, and Joel Embiid.

While these three superstars don’t play as physical a brand of basketball as former superstar big men Shaquille O’Neal, Hakeem Olajuwon and Patrick Ewing, they have developed other skills to join the league’s elite. .

Though not at the efficiency level of Stephen Curry and Damian Lillard, all three MVP finalists can be a threat from beyond the arc and are good passers.

The game has changed, and those that don’t change with it won’t be in the league for long.

Unfortunately for Cousins, it seems it was more of the injuries he suffered in the later part of his career that hurt his chances of having a long-term career in the NBA, as his explosiveness virtually disappeared, which It was one of his most important. properties.

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