The Rivalries Were More Intense
There aren't any rivalries anymore. At least not like the '90s. The world stopped when the Knicks and Bulls faced off. It ain't a rivalry if a couple scuffles don't break out. The only real one left is the Celtics and the Lakers, and that's because they have a long history of facing off in the Finals. What other "real" rivalry exists today? What's that you say? Lakers vs. Clippers? Nets vs. Knicks? Heat vs. Knicks? Were there any coaches swinging from the legs of giants? Were people ejected for throwing punches? No? Exactly.