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NBA Greats on Defense: Mason, Jordan and the Defenders of a Bygone Tough Era
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While commenting on a story about the top 25 leapers in today's NBA, I was urged to watch a Derrick Rose video of his top 10 dunks. The little guy has some awesome hops. As I watched the video, though, I realized, as I watched play after play, just how bad NBA defenses are in 2010-11. 

Wow, it is so sad how soft the NBA has been made to become. Just one generation ago NBA defenses were really tough, due in part to many, many playaers who would put everything on the line to play hard defense.

The scorers had to be more efficient back then, and they were. They would be clobbered if they were pure gunslingers or showoffs. 

Here are some defenders of the past generation who put the NBA to shame now. It is kind of embarrassing now, that the NBA had to change the rules so bad shooters like Kobe and Iverson and Durant could be top scorers. 

I can't stand the NBA now. Truly I cannot. But I do love exposing how crappy it is now. Here, I present to you a few of the tough defenders of a bygone NBA era. 

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