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  • kmsurfs2000

    I used to love basketball but now I am getting to the point where I cant watch it. The players today are so SOFT. The NBA really needs to either shorten the season or change the way it is run. The resting of players all season is now out of control. The teams of my youth were hard edged players that would never take games off especially vs rival teams. If it was not for daily fantasy I cant imagine anybody watching 95% of these games. The worst part is these guys get a game check when they take the night off while the fans pay big money on tickets.

    I only play DK now as well. Every night guys throw away money on FD when they find out a guy is taking the night off. Fantasy is hard enough as it is but to have to have ZERO chance because you are playing a rested player boggles the mind when other sites allow you to take him out.

    That is all for my rant as I have to find scrubs to start for the stars that are too soft to play tonight-looks like Kyrie is sitting so here comes Delly

  • tooleman56

    I did a lot of dumb things in my 20s and 30s. Now that I’m almost 60, I’ve wised up quite a bit. It’s all a part of growing up.

  • Njsum1

    @coninefan said...

    “Everything was so much better back in the day” – every generation ever, as they get older.

    “The good old days weren’t always that good and tomorrow ain’t as bad as it seems” – Billy Joel

  • rdogg63

    @KillaChap said...

    And as someone who used to think my grandfather was an out of touch old man when he said it, I can admit he was right.

    I personally think what we are seeing now is the culmination of weakness in our society. Kids getting time off for hang nails and then pampered and spoiled their entire lives. Lebron is one of the softest players of all time and the guy is built like a house. Anthony Davis is Samuel L. Jackson in unbreakable. You are paid to play a sport so get on the floor and play. Maybe instead of going to the club after the games, they should go home and go to bed at a respectable time and rest? I bet their bodies would last a lot longer especially with the technology and training methods out there. It’s also an attitude thing; look at how Lebron runs the Cavs or how Boogie disrespects his coach on the floor and on twitter (they should get off of twitter, too). Just a weak, weak generation.

    No, it’s a really smart generation. They protect their bodies better. Running up and down the court 7-8 months a year is incredibly taxing on your body and makes you a worse player over time.

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    I couldn’t figure out how to multi-quote, but I just wanted to comment that there is some A+ posting in this thread and I particularly enjoyed these sections…

    I used to love basketball but now I am getting to the point where I cant watch it. The players today are so SOFT. The NBA really needs to either shorten the season or change the way it is run. The resting of players all season is now out of control. The teams of my youth were hard edged players that would never take games off especially vs rival teams. If it was not for daily fantasy I cant imagine anybody watching 95% of these games. The worst part is these guys get a game check when they take the night off while the fans pay big money on tickets.

    Back in the day” —they actually played defense—and didn’t travel on chartered jets—-it was much tougher on them back in the day.

    I think back in the day, players played through the injuries

    My personal favorite is the resting of players.spurs do it cause theyre old.and they have championships to back it up.kyrie Irving on the other hand…literally no excuse

    The players these days are mentally weak compared to “back in the day”. Just like our country unfortunately.

    I personally think what we are seeing now is the culmination of weakness in our society. Kids getting time off for hang nails and then pampered and spoiled their entire lives. Lebron is one of the softest players of all time and the guy is built like a house. Anthony Davis is Samuel L. Jackson in unbreakable. You are paid to play a sport so get on the floor and play. Maybe instead of going to the club after the games, they should go home and go to bed at a respectable time and rest? I bet their bodies would last a lot longer especially with the technology and training methods out there. It’s also an attitude thing; look at how Lebron runs the Cavs or how Boogie disrespects his coach on the floor and on twitter (they should get off of twitter, too). Just a weak, weak generation.

  • Cityworkout

    @AssaniFisher said...

    I couldn’t figure out how to multi-quote, but I just wanted to comment that there is some A+ posting in this thread and I particularly enjoyed these sections…

    I used to love basketball but now I am getting to the point where I cant watch it. The players today are so SOFT. The NBA really needs to either shorten the season or change the way it is run. The resting of players all season is now out of control. The teams of my youth were hard edged players that would never take games off especially vs rival teams. If it was not for daily fantasy I cant imagine anybody watching 95% of these games. The worst part is these guys get a game check when they take the night off while the fans pay big money on tickets.

    Back in the day” —they actually played defense—and didn’t travel on chartered jets—-it was much tougher on them back in the day.

    I think back in the day, players played through the injuries

    My personal favorite is the resting of players.spurs do it cause theyre old.and they have championships to back it up.kyrie Irving on the other hand…literally no excuse

    The players these days are mentally weak compared to “back in the day”. Just like our country unfortunately.

    I personally think what we are seeing now is the culmination of weakness in our society. Kids getting time off for hang nails and then pampered and spoiled their entire lives. Lebron is one of the softest players of all time and the guy is built like a house. Anthony Davis is Samuel L. Jackson in unbreakable. You are paid to play a sport so get on the floor and play. Maybe instead of going to the club after the games, they should go home and go to bed at a respectable time and rest? I bet their bodies would last a lot longer especially with the technology and training methods out there. It’s also an attitude thing; look at how Lebron runs the Cavs or how Boogie disrespects his coach on the floor and on twitter (they should get off of twitter, too). Just a weak, weak generation.

    I laughed when you said Lebron is one of the softest players in NBA history. Edit: Thought you wrote that but some other poster did. I was like oh okay Assani said this about Lebron…

  • cdenny99

    Dudes….it’s not about injuries. It’s a combination of Pops resting people catching on with other coaches, and the players partying and being scratched with the “flu”. The league needs to step in and institute an NFL-style seriousness with reporting injuries—and then fining teams that don’t adhere to it.

  • wolfjb1

    @rdogg63 said...

    Running up and down the court 7-8 months a year is incredibly taxing on your body and makes you a worse player over time.

    Yeah, and it’s actually more like 10+ months a year with the preseason and playoffs. Factor in the Olympics or Team USA and some of the stars – the same so-called wusses who take days off for rest – are literally playing 10-11 months a year. And they train in the offseason. It never ends. All the “back in the day’ers” forget that back in the day, players went home and did nothing for 3-4 months.

  • polarns

    @kmsurfs2000 said...

    The teams of my youth were hard edged players that would never take games off especially vs rival teams.

    This tired argument gets rehashed constantly, usually by baby boomer sports talkshow hosts/print columnists who rile up their baby boomer listener/readership base by taking shots at millenial athletes (and non-athletes alike. Remember when baby boomer talking heads would unashamedly call jobless college graduates ‘lazy’ circa 2008-2011? The criticism of modern athletes comes from the same line of delusional, self-congratulatory thinking.)

    For one, all but the oldest players in the league these days spent every summer of their youth in AAU basketball, playing competitively. This was unheard of even in Michael Jordan’s day, when the summer months were for rest and (optional) individual practice.

    Moreover, nowadays, by the age of 12 if you are lucky enough to be identified as having pro potential in a sport (basketball, football, etc), from that day forward you will spend the rest of your youth training and competing solely in that sport, 24/7/365. That leads to constant, repetitive stress of the same muscles, ligaments, and joints used in a particular sport. That’s why there are so many injuries among modern basketball players and especially among modern pitchers. There are no more Bo Jacksons, because a modern-day Bo Jackson gets identified at an early age and forced to specialize in one sport (in Bo’s case, either baseball or football.)

    Also, this is just anecdotal, but IMO if you ever actually sit and watch an NBA game from the 90s (rather than going off your childhood ‘memory’) and compare it to an NBA game today, you will see a lot less of the sudden, lateral, explosive movement so common in today’s game. Seriously, watch a good PG from the 90s (Tim Hardaway Sr. and John Stockton come to mind) — it seems like they move entirely in straight lines versus the dynamic movements of a John Wall or Rajon Rondo today. I think this, in combination with the far greater intensity of youth athletics, more than accounts for the injury discrepancy and ‘need for rest’ we see in today’s NBA.

  • sunchips666

    @KillaChap said...

    y a sport so get on the floor and play. Maybe instead of going to the club after the games, they should go home and go to bed at a respectable time and rest? I bet their bodies would last a lot longer especially with the technology and training methods out there. It’s also an attitude thing; look at how Lebron runs the Cavs or how Boogie disrespects his coach on the floor and on twitter (they should get off of twitter, too). Just a wea

    lol, they are famous, rich, multi millionaires in their 20’s

    most of them come from a poor background

    if you had that kind of money and status, you would live life to the fullest too and not “go to bed at a respectable time”

  • deactivated84892

    @cdenny99 said...

    Dudes….it’s not about injuries. It’s a combination of Pops resting people catching on with other coaches, and the players partying and being scratched with the “flu”. The league needs to step in and institute an NFL-style seriousness with reporting injuries—and then fining teams that don’t adhere to it.

    NFL cracks down on team’s who hide injuries so players can play.

    There is no way to institute and enforce an injury report policy for teams over-reporting injuries, even false ones. How is Adam Silver going to prove that LaMarcus Aldridge didn’t really have a migraine?

    NBA is arguably the toughest sports league to compete in as an athlete and DFS players tend to forget that. We expect a guy to play double overtime in Miami and then fly in the middle of the night to Denver, Colorado and play 36 minutes in the altitude.

    The franchise who is paying that player millions of dollars to play for their team has the most incentive for a player to play if he can.

    Right now the LA Clippers are 5 games behind the #3 seed and 5.5 games above the #5 seed. They have 9 games left, 2 against the Lakers and 1 against the Suns. Realistically, They won’t move up or down in the seeding. There’s no benefit for the Clippers to run Chris Paul deep into games and makes sense to rest him (not saying they will/won’t, but hypothetically).

    Most of the remaining Clippers games aren’t on TV… but the playoffs will be, So the league has no reason to interfere in making sure players play especially when the motive is to make sure the stud’s are ready for primetime television in a few weeks.

    As far as the “back in my day” for players attitudes and behavior, I think it’s 100% unfair in any industry/sport to compare today to yesterday. If Dennis Rodman or Ron Artest had twitters in their heyday……

    I can’t assume behaviors weren’t as big of a problem in the 90’s, We just didn’t have access to Patrick Ewing liking Phil Jackson’s photos on the Instagrams to make stories out of non-stories.

  • cdenny99

    @gundacker said...

    NFL cracks down on team’s who hide injuries so players can play.

    There is no way to institute and enforce an injury report policy for teams over-reporting injuries, even false ones. How is Adam Silver going to prove that LaMarcus Aldridge didn’t really have a migraine?

    I’m referring more to situations like last week when Kyle Lowry was announced out 15 minutes after the game started. Really? No one knew his elbow was sore until then? He was not on any injury reports.

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