Retired NBA players love to lament how the game has gotten soft in recent years. Today’s players flop too much, they don’t have to deal with hand-checking, and any hard foul is immediately ruled as a flagrant. Of course, players in the ‘8srcs and ‘9srcs never had to deal with hybrid zone defenses (that was “illegal defense” back in the day) or cover all the extra space that the three-point revolution has ushered in, but that’s beside the point.
Next time you hear a former player talk about how today’s athletes aren’t as tough as they were, please show them Wrestleball. Yes, Wrestleball. This is an actual sport in Russia with its own YouTube channel. The early returns are absolutely incredible to watch.
You may remember UFC GOAT Khabib Nurmagomedov saying he plays “Dagestani basketball” to train. Clips of this sport have gone viral be
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