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It’s Time to Stop Listening to the Old Heads and Let the Kids Play

It’s time to stop all of this petty hating.

It’s just ridiculous at this point.

Truth be told, I don’t know a single sport on the face of the planet which see’s its former players denigrate and insult its current crop of players as consistently as in the game of basketball. It’s non-stop and it’s been happening for years, and what is worse is that there is very little backing for their side of the argument.

It isn’t even tough love. It’s disrespect and ignorance, as well as an inability to let go of their own glorydays.

The game is softer now…

The game is worse than its ever been…

Shut up.

Look, I don’t know who needs to hear this, but it doesn’t take a super genius or a basketball savant to realize that the game is far more skilled now than it has ever been before. The immobile and slow-footed big men and the pass-first explosively limited point guards do not exist anymore. Now, we have the Anthony Davises. The Giannis Antetokounmpos. The John Walls and the Russell Westbrooks.

You cannot survive in the game today if you’re not either explosive or an elite marksman from the perimeter.

The game has changed and it is moving in the right direction. Players get better, medicine and sports science becomes more advanced, the analytics make the game more efficient. To say that the players of today are worse than ever is just irrational and silly which makes me wonder what are some people watching with their own two eyes.

Do I even want to know?

Well, anyways, earlier in the week, Shaquille O’Neal had a very awkward exchange with All-Star point guard Donovan Mitchell. If you haven’t had a chance to listen into this unbearably painful minute long conversation, please do take a gander.

Not sure what Shaq was hoping to get across or whether there was even any rationale behind his statement and/or question, but Mitchell just happens to be one of the best young guards in the NBA today.

Mitchell is in his fourth season, averaging 24.3 points per game on 40.8 percent shooting from the perimeter and a 56.8 overall true shooting percentage. His team is 11-4 in the Western Conference and his team’s third best player is who? A 33-year old Mike Conley? Joe Ingles?

Sometimes people struggle to understand that to win a championship in a team sport, you need a good team.

“I’ve been a big fan of Don’s,” said Conley in response to Shaq’s recent comments on TNT’s Inside the NBA. “And seeing the way he’s grown, even before he was here. I don’t know how you can make a statement like that regarding his progress at such a young age. He’s gotten better every year.”

The thing that bothers me most is that these old heads just don’t know when to stop.

It’s not just Shaq.

It’s Charles Barkley, it’s Scottie Pippen, it’s Gary Payton. The list goes on and on.

“There is a difference between constructive criticism and soft hating,” said LeBron James.”I’ve seen it both ways come my way, mostly the hate. You can hear it in their delivery.”

I don’t want to sound so salty (which I am), but to finish my rant of a blog, I’ll end with this. We all work in different fields and we should all want our fields to move forward with the times. To keep getting better, to keep becoming more efficient. In sports especially, we should promote our young and exciting players and realize that the talent we see on the court today is unlike anything the game has ever seen.

It no longer takes a massive hulk-like human who doesn’t have enough work ethic to practice to win a championship. The league is too good and too talented, so old heads please shut up and enjoy the sport we all love.

Just let these kids play.

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