Time always changes things. Time changes which teams will be competing for a chip. Time changes which players are considered stars. And time even changes the way in which the game itself is played.
As for NBA legend Ray Allen, he’s not a huge fan of how those changes have shaped the league today. It was made no more prevalent than a quote he made following Game 7 of the Western Conference Finals, in which he straight up challenged whether or not these guys even know the game.
Per Peter Vecsey:
“This is the worst brand of basketball I’ve seen in a long time. These guys don’t know how to play this game. All of them take bad shots!”
After the Rockets put up (literally) the worst shooting display in NBA Playoff history, Allen certainly has a case here. Sharing the ball and getting open looks seems to be a rarity in today’s game, as teams are converting more to isolation basketball for their stars.
Still, it’s hard to say that the current brand of basketball isn’t failing completely, just look at how good the teams have been lately. Whether Ray Allen is just another grumpy old man or a former player sharing a decent point is always going to be subjective… but who’s to say there’s a completely “right” way to play in the first place?