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The current generation of NBA players occasionally get called ‘soft’ by the league’s greats due to avoidance of physical game. Shaquille O’Neal is one of those legends who has this view on the modern game.

The four-time NBA champion, however, says it is okay that the players play differently these days. “The game is evolving,” Shaq told Brandon “Scoop B” Robinson” on Scoop B Radio. “Us older big guys don’t look at it as evolving. We look at it as soft because guys don’t want to get down there and bang. Which is okay.

“New era new generation, I can’t tell them how to play. I can’t tell them what to do,” one of the most dominant centers of all time concluded.