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Is the NBA of today a kinder, gentler sport than it once was? With events like the so-called “Malice at the Palace” having burned an indelible mark on the sport of basketball, a gradual move away from overtly physical styles of play has continued up to the present until this season.
In 2021-22 the league altered how it would interpret a lot of rules, sparking altercations involving some of the NBA’s biggest stars, and affecting the games of a lot of players who have forged reputations of hunting calls in games as part of their style of play. To a lesser extent, we saw Boston Celtics star forward Jayson Tatum affected by these rule changes, and many others players around the league have been griping despite fans loving the on-court results.
Is the NBA too soft? How much has it changed, really? What would a Celtics alumnus say about the status quo in the league today?
To get an answer to these questions, watch the eponymous CLNS Media podcast embedded above to hear what former Boston Finals MVP Cedric Maxwell has to say on these issues with co-host Josue Pavon.
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