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Jerry West breaks down two things that are ruining today's NBA

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Jerry West has been involved in the NBA for over 50 years, and he's seen the game evolve multiple times throughout the years. He recently talked about the two most important things that have changed the NBA and its players.

When you think about the greatest minds in NBA history, Jerry West's name always gets mentioned because of his HOF career and because he was the mastermind behind several historic teams. In an interview for Fubo Sports, West shared what he believes are the two most essential things that are much different than ever before in NBA history.

As a true competitor West said he can't understand why players today are so friendly with each other. West believes there is no way you should talk to your opponent before the end of the game if you want to have the right mindset in place to win the game and outperform your opponents.

Why are players so friendly these days? I wasn't friendly with players until after the game. I didn't like them, they were the enemy to me, and somebody always said to me, how that is crazy. And no, it's not crazy because, for me, it's all about winning. These young kids all know each other, and if you see them before the game with all this social media staff. At one time, that would not be allowed, it would not be allowed.

Jerry West, via fubo Sports

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West is fascinated by the implication of social media early on in players' careers, where you see high-school kids with several million followers even before they actually achieved anything truly great. The massive following enables players to be more marketable, which is something every agent hopes for when signing a player to his agency.

That is the second problem that West sees in today's NBA, where agents have so much more power than ever before. If they are more prominent and handle multiple great players, they can change the landscape of the NBA easily, and moving players from one team to another has become pretty recurring in the last decade.

Now because of agents, agents know the value of being in a big city, and agents today have a huge impact on the success of various teams. Some of them control a lot of players, and if they see someone who is marketable, they won't hesitate to move them today. Even though it's a big hit for them if he is young enough, he can make that up. As I said, this is a completely different league than it has ever been before.

Jerry West, via fubo Sports

On several occasions in the last couple of years, we've seen how much power the most prominent agents in the NBA really have over teams. Agents like Rich Paul and his agency Klutch Sports were tied to several scandals where it was evident their influence sometimes is a challenge for teams that sign their players.

West said it perfectly, the league has changed quite a bit, and with the player empowerment, we'll see a shift of power going in the players' direction even more in the near future. Some of the changes were positive, and obviously, some are negative, but we can definitely see players having even more control over their careers in the future. A large following on social media for a player, combined with an agent that will market the players and make them even more money, will become common. Loyalty between players and teams is almost non-existent anymore, and everybody is looking out for their best interest, which might hurt the league as a product down the line.

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