Charles Oakley: 'It's hard to watch' today's NBA

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The NBA is not what it used to be, at least according to former enforcer Charles Oakley.

In Toronto for his bobblehead night, Oakley criticized the play of today’s superstars.

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“I don’t know what it is. They just roll you out there like a basketball,” the 51-year-old said, per FOX Sports. “Just the players, they don’t think it, they don’t know how to play together…the guys don’t love the game. They play the game, but they don’t play with their heart.”

Oakley, who started every regular season and playoff game during the Knicks’ 1994-95 season, insinuated the game was harder during his tenure.

“The mind is not — you don’t have to be strong to play this game no more,” he said, according to FOX. “Who do I like watching? It’s hard to watch. I don’t know, it’s just, it’s a different game. More bad games than good games.”

Oakley is 19th all-time in the NBA record books with 1,282 games played. He averaged 9.7 points and 9.5 rebounds per game during his 19-year career with the Bulls, Knicks, Wizards, Rockets and Raptors.