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Is the NBA too 'finesse'?

As talk of the Miami Heat's struggles, the Indiana Pacers' ascent, the battle out West and the future of Carmelo Anthony continues to swirl, Kobe Bryant on Monday offered an entirely different topic: the state of the NBA itself. As in, has it gone soft? Bryant thinks so, saying he hasn't enjoyed watching the game during his injury rehab.

"It's more of a finesse game," Bryant said. "It's more small ball, which, personally, I don't really care much for. I like kind of smash-mouth, old-school basketball because that's what I grew up watching. I also think it's much, much less physical. Some of the flagrant fouls that I see called nowadays, it makes me nauseous. You can't touch a guy without it being a flagrant foul."

Bryant also called out the NBA's one-and-done rule, saying players such as himself benefited from being able to go pro straight out of high school. What do you make of Kobe's comments?

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