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NBA Fans React To The Picture Of Gerald Henderson Playing With A Neckbrace In The 70s: "They Don't Love The Game Like That Anymore."

NBA Fans React To The Picture Of Gerald Henderson Playing With A Neckbrace In The 70s: "They Don't Love The Game Like That Anymore."

One of the biggest criticisms of the modern NBA is that the players are too soft. Because of the change in rules over the last few years, the league has buckled down on the level of physicality that is allowed in the league. Fans have been quite vocal about this over the years. And one picture from the 70s that has gone viral has given new fans even more ammunition against the modern generation. 

A recent picture of former NBA champion Gerald Henderson playing with a neck brace on sent NBA fans into a frenzy. The Tweet with the picture highlighted how modern players partake in load management and used this player as an example of how much tougher and physically perseverent NBA players were in the prior era.

NBA fans reacted to this picture, with most of them talking about how tough Gerald and players from his era were. One fan even brought up Calvin Murphy, a hall of fame player who wore a helmet at one point in his career because of a concussion. Some fans did point out that making players' health a priority is actually a good thing, but very few fans agreed with him.

Clearly, NBA fans think that the modern generation of the NBA is not as tough as it used to be. These fans also called Devin Booker 'soft' after his incident recently with the Toronto Raptors mascot, and how he complained to the referee about how he was trying to distract him.

On the other hand, we do need to acknowledge that, as tough as this move from Henderson was, it was a big risk, and could have jeopardized the rest of his career if something had gone wrong. To an extent, we should be happy that players don't have to risk themselves in order to ensure their playing time and pay aren't affected.