Bill Laimbeer made a guest appearance on ESPN’s show ‘First Take,’ where he talked about a couple of exciting basketball-related topics. The never-ending debate whether Jordan or LeBron is the GOAT was also something Laimbeer spoke about, and he sided with LeBron as the best player in NBA history. That wasn’t so surprising considering the history between the Pistons and the Bulls in the ’80s and early ’90s.
Laimbeer was also asked about the NBA today and if he sees someone in the league who is perhaps similar to him in terms of playing style. Laimbeer gave a surprising answer saying he doesn’t watch the NBA so much because, in his opinion, the league has changed, and it’s no longer watchable. According to Laimbeer, the Detroit Pistons, when Laimbeer played, nurtured the concept of team basketball, which is missing in the league today. For him, there is too much iso basketball, and the idea of team effort is lost.
“I am probably the wrong guy to ask cause as time goes by, I don’t really pay attention to the NBA anymore. The league has changed so much. Everybody says that we were in the golden age and I agree with that. The game is different, and it’s one-on-one, two-on-two, it’s not so much of a five-on-five team basketball game which I find kind of boring at times. I pay my attention to the sport, WNBA, and keep on going.”Bill Laimbeer, via ESPN
Laimbeer’s reasoning is on point to a certain degree, and this is something many former players and fans have been complaining about in recent years. There are too many threes and iso ball, which is not watchable, and the concept of team basketball seems to be undermined if you compare it to some of the previous eras of the NBA.