Lately I’ve been watching classic NBA games on YouTube. There’s a fair few of them up there in full, and while it’s obviously nice to watch Michael Jordan in his prime (and the Bad Boys-era Pistons, Charles Barkley in Philly, young Scottie Pippen… the list goes on), what’s struck me most has been the differences in how the game is played between then and now.
Namely, I’m talking about the veritable avalanche of long twos. These days, if a player jacks up a long two with 16 seconds on the shot clock, they’re probably getting pulled pretty quick. But 25 years ago, it seems like players were shooting whenever they got daylight. It’s like every player is Josh Smith. It’s an exciting style of play for sure, but you have to wonder how one of those teams would do against, say, the drive-and-kick Spurs, or Mike D’Antoni’s Phoenix teams, or Golden State’s Splash Brothers.
One game I know I’d like to see would be the late-80s Pistons against the early-2000s Pistons. Bill Laimbeer against Rasheed Wallace? Yes, please.
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