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Damian Lillard On Why Former NBA Stars Take Shots At Current Players: "They Don't Want To Be Forgotten."

Damian Lillard On Why Former NBA Stars Take Shots At Current Players: "They Don't Want To Be Forgotten."

One of the most common things that players seem to get peeved about in the NBA is when they receive what they feel is unwarranted criticism. Throughout the history of the game, legends from past eras have often criticized the stars of that era, whether it is Kareem with Shaq or Charles Oakley talking about Giannis Antetokounmpo

While some of these takes may be based on reason, sometimes they don't make all that much sense, considering that modern players can only play the game the way it is now and not how it used to be. 

Damian Lillard has opened up about why he thinks this is a common occurrence, explaining that often former players will criticize the stars of today so that their exploits aren't forgotten by the fans. Lillard gave his take on Shannon Sharpe's podcast, 'Club Shay Shay'.

"I mean, I think it's just so that they don't feel forgotten. I think part of it is that they're making sure they're not forgotten. Like, 'Yeah, it was hard when I did it, so before I give them credit, I gotta make sure people know'. And sometimes that's true." 

Lillard went on to explain how comparing across eras is difficult because there are things in each one that would be a challenge for the players from another era. 

"The guards of that era might struggle in our time, because we're not letting them get in the paint, we're playing drop coverage. Similarly, some players from our time might struggle with the physicality, the lack of foul calls."

There's no way to truly judge which players might have thrived when but the truth of the matter is that the elite would likely separate themselves no matter what generation of the NBA they played in. While today's stars do need to be a little more open to constructive criticism, it might serve some of the old heads to also understand that the game is simply not the same as it used to be in their day.