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James Worthy says all today’s NBA players do is “practice threes, lift weights, get tattoos, tweet, and go on social media”

Worthy didn't name any names, but Kevin Durant felt the need to respond. We'll leave it up to you to figure out why.
NBA great James Worthy and Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant

James Worthy and Kevin Durant

In today's episode of typical old heads bashing on this generation's basketball players, James Worthy takes the spotlight. Worthy, who played for the Los Angeles Lakers for 12 seasons, believes that the NBA has dramatically changed — from the players' fundamentals, behavior, style of play, and everything else in between.

Worthy's thoughts on the recent Playoff blowouts

The three-time champion's comment was derived from the state of the Playoffs today, that's featured a ton of blowouts and, honestly speaking, boring games. According to Worthy, the league's state today has significantly impacted the basketball product.

"I mean, Kareem [Abdul-Jabbar] had four years with John Wooden, Michael Jordan and I had three years with Dean Smith, Isiah [Thomas] had some years with Bobby Knight. So you learned the fundamentals," Worthy said in his appearance at the Detroit radio show Stoney & Jansen. "Not only that, you learned how to live. You learned how to balance your freaking checkbook in college; there are a lot of things. When you don't get that, guys are coming to the NBA who are not fundamentally sound," Worthy added.

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Worthy also added that the lack of fundamentals players possessed in the league today has made the game more about athleticism. Because of this, players have depended on more isolation basketball and mismatch hunting. True enough, isolation basketball and mismatch hunting are very prevalent in today's game and have been utilized by a vast array of teams so many times in these Playoffs alone.

The NBA's most online superstar responds.

As expected, Worthy's comments backfired and captured the attention of no other than the league's most online superstar, Kevin Durant. Durant probably laughed at Worthy for saying that all players do is "hit threes" because the former responded by pointing out his most potent offensive weapon.

"My middy is sharp, but James is right, this ain't the old days," Durant said.

Maybe Durant also thought Worthy was passively calling him out when the latter said that players go on social media too much these days. Durant isn't afraid to admit that he spends ample time online, but at least the two-time champion backs up his talk on the court.

The exchange between Worthy and Durant is just one of the many instances where an NBA Hall-of-Famer disses today's generation, and the latter rightfully answers their elders back. The game and basketball product may be changing as each day passes, but what won't is the back-and-forth exchange between the old generation and today's players.

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