Boston Celtics Hall of Famer Dino Radja has been known to say some fairly bold things over the years, such as the time he famously said that he would vomit when people tried to suggest that Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James could possibly be the greatest player of all time.
And when it comes to how the game is being played this season, you might think he is a fan given how much less there are referee whistles being blown, but the former Celtic remains steadfast in his assessment of the NBA of today being a gentler, kinder product.
“The games seem like an All-Star Game,” said Radja in a recent interview with Marca’s Joan Solsona (translated by Eurohoops’ Antonis Stroggylakis).
“The referees whistle a lot. In the 90s, there was a tougher game and there was less whistling,” said Radja, steadfast in defense of his era.
“But people like what they like. The business is expanding like this and we have to accept it. In today’s basketball, Michael Jordan would score 50 points on a bad day.”
For me, he has been the best ever for everything he achieved with the teams he had,” explained the Celtics alumnus.
It seems then, at least, that the recent rule changes resulting in more swallowed whistles ought to be a step forward for Radja’s personal tastes in basketball officiating.
The fans for the most part seem to be enjoying the shorter games and lack of stoppage in play — and so are we.
As for an MJ – LBJ G.O.A.T. debate? We promise not to vomit no matter who you’re taking.