As we saw last season with Phil Jackson and Oscar Robertson hating on the Golden State Warriors, a lot of old-school NBA players and coaches like to denigrate today’s generation with their back-in-my-day attitude.
George Gervin does not.
Indeed, the 64-year-old Hall of Famer loves watching LeBron James, Steph Curry, Russell Westbrook, James Harden and Kawhi Leonard, as well as several other NBA stars. Not only does he love watching them, but he also thinks they’re great for the game.
“I think it’s needed,” Gervin said on CBS Sports Radio’s Gio and Jones. “It’s a shot in the arm. We’re really bringing some guys out to let the world see they’re great athletes and great basketball players. So for me, as an old veteran, I’m proud to see the accomplishments of these guys. I feel good because I’m a part of the foundation of this basketball game and to see that it’s growing like it is globally and seeing this talent out there, it’s special, man. I’m glad to see it.”
While Brian Jones believes that today’s crop of NBA superstars is indeed talented, he thinks the overall fundamentals are sorely lacking. Gervin understands where Jones is coming from, but he also appreciates today’s game for what it is.
“For me, I’m back in the old school,” he said. “I always thought we were very fundamentally sound. The game has changed. So is it fundamentally sound to how it’s played today? Of course. Because the game is still very popular around the world. I got to go with what it is today, and this is just what it is. These guys are entertaining us. I could be a big critic, but why? I understand that, and I could go back and say, ‘When we played, you could put your hands on guys. You could guard guys a lot more physical.’ But the game has changed and we got to go with it. We, as old guys, as they say, just got to let it go.”