Do You Think the NBA Is Too Soft These Days?

@elmiko (6640)
United States
April 18, 2010 3:46pm CST
Back in the 70s and 80s the NBA use to be a rougher sport. Even in the 90s the NBA referees didn't call fouls as easily. Now fouls are called too easily which is the main reason why many players have higher scoring averages. Michael Jordan averaged over 30 points a game in just about every season of his career and he did it when fouls were not called as easily. Do you think the NBA as a whole needs to toughen up and not let pesky fouls hold the game back.
3 responses
• United States
19 Apr 10
The NBA is a great sport to watch. Right now since the playoffs are on the sport is getting tougher and the reff's are blowing the whistle left and right and calling all fouls, They call more fouls now in the 20th century because so many rules have been added and its getting harder to play. Last night watching the Celtics and heat play there were players thrown from the game from starting a fight and the refs had to see who started it and then giving away fouls to those players.
• Philippines
19 Apr 10
Yes, that's why even the young Kevin Durant is the leagues top scorer mainly because a large part of his game is getting fouled and shooting at the free throw line. Also, I think that there are players that are very good actors. Once a small contact from the defender, they act like they are getting fouled hard, and this turned out the referee will blow the whistle.
@elmiko (6640)
• United States
20 Apr 10
john stockton was a good actor. yeah durant is a really good free throw shooter and a good shooter overall. the easy foul calls really help him as he doesn't have much overall bulk or strength.
• Philippines
22 Apr 10
That's true, Durant benefited some foul calls from the refs because he not that hefty. he attacks the defense well without any fear of whose guarding him.
• Philippines
19 Apr 10
I think NBA is more softer now a days. Little hand check will be called. A touch foul will be called. Everything is softer. Maybe just to much of superstar calls sometime. If we can play hard basketball again. It will be fun. But injuries will be more.
@elmiko (6640)
• United States
20 Apr 10
i figure a young Jordan could average 40ppg or even 45 in todays game.
• China
20 Apr 10
i don`t agree it. Players have better body gift than before, jordon maybe a good player in todays games, but he can not make achievements he got in his time.
@lhsy2k (227)
• United States
18 Apr 10
I do. It's annoying to watch a basketball game where the ref is blowing the whistle every 10 seconds. Then you have the floppers who take advantage of the touchy calls, Ginobili is really good at this. Then you have the superstar calls, only players like Lebon, Wade, Kobe, etc get this special treatment from the refs where they send you to the charity stripe if an opposing player looks at you wrong.
@elmiko (6640)
• United States
20 Apr 10
thanks for responding.