Many people will argue the defenses in retrospect were tougher in the 90s and today's defense is easier. I've been one that stood by the former, playing College ball for a team whose rules mirrored what it would be like to play on the professional level. I had stood firm that it was tougher then. But after playing against some D-League guys during the previous Summer I've had a change of perspective. It's not really easier. The rules were adjusted to try and push away from ISO ball. Essentially you used to be able to hand check an offensive player. You also had to play 1 on 1 or play hard doubles. You couldn't play zone either. This resulted in a lot of isolation basketball because you wanted to put the ball in your best offensive players hands. This helped teams who had a star player, but hurt teams with not as talented offensive players. So they took away hand checking, allowed help defense without hard doubling, and instituted the 3 second call, which kept defenses from crowding the paint. Zone D makes it harder to penetrate just ask Kevin Garnett. The focus on zone defense took away clear-out plays. Things were a lot easier for teams who had a star player they could all just pull their guy over to a side and force a 1-on-1 game between Michael Jordan and whoever was defending him. Zone defense makes it easier to force a game where well-rounded teams like the Hawks can succeed, but guys like Carmelo Anthony, LeBron James and Kevin Durant hate it because they know they would dominate in the old system. So with that said I find today's defense just as tough as it was back then if not tougher. Do you all feel it was tougher now or then?