It’s no secret that there is a bit of a divide between the old era — that is, the 1990’s and 2000’s — and new era of basketball fans and players alike.
One of the biggest advocates for ‘The way the game used to be played’ is NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal, who played in one of the toughest eras in basketball history, the early 2000’s.
Shaq obviously looks back fondly on his playing days, and recently appeared on The Lakers Podcast to discuss how he’d go in today’s era of the NBA.
“If I played today, I’d average 50, without free throws…guys don’t play physical. They whine and they cry.”
Read that again. WITHOUT. FREE THROWS.
According to O’Neal, everyone in today’s NBA whines too much, and would have trouble en route to averaging 50 points a game over the course of an entire season, a feat which has only been completed once by the legendary Wilt Chamberlain.
I have no doubt that a prime Shaq would be able to dominate the NBA today, maybe even average 40 a game if he’s lucky, but there is no way that any player in NBA history would be able to consistently drop 50 points a game today with how advanced NBA defences are.