Xavier McDaniel (above choking Wes Matthews in 1988) was among the last of the enforcers in the NBA, a 6-foot-7 forward with skill who played “violently,” as he put it. Well, “The X-Man” has not mellowed after 14 years of retirement. He considers today’s league one that protects players, whereas his league was one that allowed players to go after each other. The NBA has made it so that the “rules make the players adjust,” McDaniel said, “instead of adjusting the rules for the players. Now, you accidentally hit a guy and you get fined. It’s crazy.”
He told Atlanta Blackstar there are many players in today’s game who could handle the physical nature of the 1980s and ’90s, but singled out these.
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Tim Duncan over Kevin Love, D-Rose over Lebron, yeah. There's a few others that would be successful also but because they aren't stars they don't get mentioned like Patrick Beverley, anyone on the Grizz. I don't think Lebron would be as good in the 80s and 90s rules because he whines a lot. Kobe too but they would just send Kobe to the line on eevry flea touch like crybaby Jordan.
Bro derrick cant even handle staying healthy in this league. He would get killed in the 90s. I would chose rondo over him because rondo doesnt back down from anyone no matter the size