View Full Version : Defense?

09-12-2008, 12:18 PM

Was defense harder in the time of MJ? With all the hand checking i think it might have been harder, but today's game is at a much faster pace so im still not sure .

09-12-2008, 12:27 PM
Yes because they let that go before. Now, they'll usually call that all the time.

09-12-2008, 01:55 PM
Yes, the bad boy Pistons or early 90's Knicks are far better defensive teams than today, because they allowed a lot more contact. That being said, someone who averages 3 steals per game now would have had more back then, because Alvin Robertson or Gary Payton for example, would just grab your arm, and take the ball. Now you actually have to steal it. MJ would have averaged 40 ppg today. His free throw attempts would have been outrageous. A guy like Kobe or LeBron would have figured it out, they are tough. But a Vince Carter for example, would have been average.

09-12-2008, 01:59 PM
after watching the video, yeah, they were far tougher back then.