As the Michael Jordan “crying” meme dominates the internet and current NBA ballers continue to break previous set records, retired NBA players have taken the time to criticize the current era of the NBA.

According to Bleacher Report, Hall of Famer Larry Bird, however, opposed criticism to commend the new era and admire how the game has evolved into its present form.

“It’s funny how the game has changed. And my thinking about it. I was really worried—back sixteen, seventeen years ago—that the little guy didn’t have a spot in the N.B.A. anymore: it was just going to be the big guards like Magic Johnson. But then players started shooting more threes and spacing the court, and everyone wants small guards now. Watching these kids play now, I’m like everybody else: Wow, man. They can really shoot! They have more freedom to get to the basket. The ball moves a little better. These kids are shooting from farther, with more accuracy. Now some teams shoot up around thirty threes a game. My era, you always think that’s the greatest era. But I’m not so sure anymore.”

It’s natural for talent to be threatened when someone or something new—and possibly better—comes along. The criticism of the current era came after the success of the Golden State Warriors, who set a new league record with 73 regular season wins.

It’s okay to admire and appreciate new age greatness, even if they may be better than their influences. It’s all a part of the game.

The new era of the NBA Playoff is currently underway.

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