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Radja: “Harden, every game is called 50 three pointers and they call it basketball.”

Dino Radja: "Harden, every game is called 50 three pointers and they call it basketball."

Former NBA player Dino Radja heavily criticized the modern day NBA for the style played.

Hall of Fame player Radja said she did not appreciate the league’s path since leaving the NBA. The former Boston Celtics center explained that today’s NBA looks more like an All-Star game than a serious competition.

The Croatian legend used the following statements in the podcast ‘1-ON-1’ with Basketball Network:

“In my time, they used to hurt you in the painted area. Barkleys, Oakleys, Freemasons, Laimbeers, they used to cut off your head. If you fake them and step inside, your head would leave your body with the ball.”


Radja suggested that, unlike his time in the league, there is hardly any defense now, and that the players are constantly playing one-on-one, holding the ball more than necessary. To support this argument, he used the name of Brooklyn Nets superstar James Harden:

“You can hit the ground 25 times and it’s always played one versus five. Harden is called 50 three-pointers each game and they call it basketball. I don’t like it. I don’t like it. The NBA has turned into a non-defensive All-Star game. The numbers jumped implausibly. But what people love. and that’s what they paid for. So I don’t care. “

Radja played for the Boston Celtics for four seasons (1993-1997) before returning to Europe, averaging 16.7 points, 8.4 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.9 blocks during his NBA career.

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New York Knicks

The Knicks are already fourth in the East and sign their best start in nine years: end to their curse?

The Knicks are already fourth in the East and sign their best start in nine years: end to their curse?

Power forward Julius Randle had 25 points and eight rebounds to lead the New York Knicks in a 90-109 away win over the Detroit Pistons.

With their victory, the Knicks moved above 50 percent for the first time so far this season and also since they finished 54-28 in 2012-2013.

The Knicks (18-17) have the fourth-best record in the Eastern Conference and have won seven of their last games.

Forward R.J. Barret had 21 points and reserve guard Alec Burks had 16 points for the New York team.

The Knicks never had a problem against the Pistons after reaching the break with an 11-point lead and extended it to 24 points in the second half.

The Pistons (9-25), worst in the Eastern Conference and second in the league, had power forward Jerami Grant as their leader after contributing 21 points and eight rebounds.

Reserve guard Wayne Ellington added 15 points and forward Josh Jackson, who also came off the bench, scored another 12 points, which were not a winning factor either.

The Detroit team has lost six of the last seven games and their coach Dwane Casey is beginning to be on the line.

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Los Angeles Lakers

LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers shoot the Golden State Warriors out of the hall

LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers shoot the Golden State Warriors out of the hall

The Los Angeles Lakers have achieved a safe blowout victory against the Golden State Warriors and with their second success in a row reclaimed second place in the west. LeBron James and Co. made it at 117: 91

Los Angeles Lakers – Golden State Warriors 117: 91

LeBron James’s working day was over after just 24 minutes, a low of the season for the King. The 36-year-old didn’t need any longer to get his Lakers onto the road to victory. LeBron got 19 points (7/12 FG), 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals and blocks.

Support was provided by five other Lakers players with a double-digit point yield, including Dennis Schröder. The German put on 12 points and 6 assists with a plus / minus value of +32 in just 25 minutes. Markieff Morris (13 and 8 rebounds), Kyle Kuzma (12 and 11) and Alex Caruso (13) also knew how to convince.

The Los Angeles Lakers offense rolled over the guests without mercy, and in the first quarter, L.A. had a 20-point lead, which grew to 29 points by the half-time break. The Warriors lacked the offensive power to keep up. From a distance, only 8 of the 34 attempts (23.5 percent) were successful, the guests only hit 40.7 percent from the field.

Stephen Curry couldn’t make his mark on the game either. He finished the game with 16 points (5/13 FG, 2/7 threesomes) and 7 assists, Eric Paschall was the top scorer of the Dubs with 18 points from the bench. Kelly Oubre Jr. still got 14 points, Andrew Wiggins (3, 1/5 FG) had a pitch-black day. In addition, Draymond Green twisted his left ankle in the second quarter when he landed unlucky on the foot of Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. In the second half he was no longer able to play, but the game had long been decided.

Los Angeles Lakers with triple fireworks early on the trail

In the first few minutes of the game, the Lakers indicated in which direction this game should go. The home side started the game 20: 5 and welded five threes through the trap in the first six minutes. A green dunk followed by a four-point game by Curry brought some life to the dubs in the middle of the section, but they couldn’t stop the Los Angeles Lakers.

With LeBron on the bench, Schröder led the reigning champion with some good plays. Ultimately, L.A. finished the first quarter on a 12-0 run, set a season high for most points in one run, and went into the second quarter at 41:21. From the guests’ point of view, there was no improvement there. The Los Angeles Lakers scored almost at will with good drives, Golden State remained cold. A deep buzzer beater from LeBron finally paused at 73:44.

Even after the break, the Warriors couldn’t manage to make the game exciting again. Los Angeles maintained its comfortable lead in the third section and even expanded it to 35 points. The fourth quarter turned out to be extended garbage time.

Center Damian Jones, who started his career at Golden State and recently signed a ten-day contract with the Lakers, made his debut for Purple and Gold (8 points, 3 rebounds and 2 blocks). Shortly before the end, Kostas Antetokounmpo provided a highlight with a cracking putback dunk. It was the end of the first Warriors bankruptcy after three wins in a row.

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New York Knicks

Knicks abuse the worst defense in the NBA

Knicks abuse the worst defense in the NBA

Rookie guard Immanuel Quickley scored 18 of his 25 points in the first half and became the figure of the attack for the New York Knicks who beat the Sacramento Kings 140-121, leaving behind the loss they had suffered in the previous game against the Golden State Warriors.

Power forward Julius Randle also maintained his status as the undisputed leader of the Knicks by posting a double-double of 21 points and 14 rebounds that left him as the best in New York’s inside game that set his mark at 16-17.

Quickley and Randle were two of six Knicks players who finished the game with double-digit numbers.

While the reserve guard, veteran Alec Burks also stood out by contributing another 24 points, after scoring five 3-pointers of eight attempts.

Point guard Derrick Rose finished with 18 points and six assists, while forward RJ Barrett reached 12 and guard Reggie Bullock contributed 10 points in what was the Knicks’ best touchdown so far this season.

As the Knicks posted their fifth win in their last seven games, Sacramento’s free fall continued.

The Kings (12-20) lost their ninth consecutive game, a stretch in which they have allowed 126.3 points per game and coach Luke Walton is increasingly on the line.

The point guard De’Aaron Fox finished with a double-double of 29 points, 11 assists and four rebounds that left him leading the Kings and forward Harrison Barnes finished with 22 points, which also could not avoid defeat.

Power forward Marvin Bagley III added 19 points with five rebounds and rookie point guard Tyrese Haliburton was once again the only positive note for the Kings with 17 points, four rebounds, four assists and four recoveries as reserve.

Barring both teams making unexpected runs to the NBA Finals, the Kings and Knicks entered the second and presumably final meeting of the season on significantly different trajectories.

Sacramento appears to be a team that is trying to learn about itself, while the Knicks have clearly defined expectations for how they play and are looking to make the Eastern Conference playoffs.

New York led 77-62 at the end of the first half, due to a team approach in which all but one scored in the first 24 minutes.

The Knicks shot 66% on field goals (29 of 44), 53% from 3s (9 of 17) and made all 10 free throws they attempted. Of New York’s 29 baskets in the first half, 15 were assists.

Fans at Madison Square Garden enjoyed what they saw the team do and cheered on, while Randle and Quickley were greeted with chants of “MVP”.

New York opened the fourth quarter on a 20-7 streak to extend its lead from 101-94 to 121-101. Burks capped the home stretch with long 3s on back-to-back possessions and secured the Knicks victory.

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