Dino Radja
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Hall of Famer Dino Rađa (Radja) does not appreciate the path the NBA basketball has taken since he left the league. For the taste of the former Boston Celtics center today’s NBA resembles more an All-Star game rather than a serious competition.

“In my days in the paint — you got killed. Certain Barkleys, Oakleys, Masons, Laimbeers, they cut your head off. If you fake them and go underneath, your head is going with the ball away from your body,” the Croatian legend remembered on 1-ON-1 with Basketball Network.

Opposite to his time in the league, now there is virtually no defense being played, according to Rađa. Also, the players tend to hold the ball too much and play one against five. As prime example of that he mentioned James Harden.

“You can do 25 dribblings, it’s all 1 against 5. Harden is shooting 50 threes a game, and they call that basketball. I don’t like it,” Rađa said.

“The NBA became an All-Star game, where defense isn’t played. Numbers are pumped unreasonably. People like it, people pay for it. I don’t care about it,” the two-time European champion shared his views on the NBA.

Rađa spent four seasons (1993-1997) in the league with the Boston Celtics before returning to Europe. During his NBA career he averaged 16.7 points, 8.4 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.9 blocks per game.