Kevin Durant has a suggestion for the “rightful” NBA fans who sometimes question the intensity levels of players during the regular season: “Just shut up and watch the game.”
The NBA is a very different league now than it was in the early 21st century. The league is more geared towards offensive performances and has stripped away a lot of the physicality that has been a staple of the league for decades.
Organizations and players have also drawn fan outrage by employing strategies to limit injuries and stay healthy for the knockout stages using what’s been called a “preservation day.” care”. There are also those who question the level of intensity the players have during the regular season. Especially when it comes to late game defense.