“Today’s NBA is too soft.”
In today's NBA, the consequences of aggressive defense far outweigh the potential benefits, which totally explains the court's wide-open lane and the league's insufferable flopping culture. Guys aren't bodied up in 2013 like they were in 1994, but Scottie Pippen and Charles Oakley weren't subjected to YouTube "fail compilations" or embarrassing GIFs. If David Robinson understood the peril of being killed with an internet meme, he'd probably clear the paint for a driving LeBron James, too. Also, hitting the deck with an exaggerated arm flail is a free whistle in today's game, while a soft hand check is an express lane to foul out city. Today's NBA isn't soft, it's smart. Don't hate the players, hate the game.