Today’s National Basketball Association has become a completely different league than the days when back-to-the-basket, post-up centers ruled the paint like Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Patrick Ewing, Shaquille O’Neal and Hakeem Olajuwon.
The newfound focus on analytics and the three-point shot is hurting the game, according to Abdul-Jabbar, in a 2020 interview with Chris Broussard of ESPN.
The interview, which was unearthed by the website Basketball Network, took place a few years back, during which the all-time great revealed his frustration with the way the game is currently being played.
Abdul-Jabbar said he believes that fans are being cheated by a lack of balance in today’s game.
“I think the fans are being cheated because there’s no balance now,” he said according to Basketball Network.
“Everything is ‘we gotta run out and shoot a three-point play.’ When I played, there was some balance.”
“We tried to use the inside game to set up the outside game and vice versa. That type of balance is not happening now, and I think the fans are getting cheated on the quality of general gameplan that’s being played out now.”
Kareem Reveals Today’s Center Whose Game Most Resembles His Own
While Kareem has lamented the lack of post play and back-to-the-basket play in today’s league, there’s one player whose game he thinks most resembles his: Anthony Davis.
“The Brow,” who some now believe is the best player in the league, bar none, has some similarities to Abdul-Jabbar’s game, according to the legend himself.
“Anthony Davis is the player that I mostly resemble but I never shot three-pointers like he does,” Abdul-Jabbar said while fielding questions on Twitter back in March 2020.
“However all other aspects of his game are similar to mine.”