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Sixers’ Boban Marjanovic insists the game of basketball hasn’t really changed

Boban Marjanovic, Sixers

Philadelphia 76ers big man Boban Marjanovic has shared his thoughts on the idea that the sport of basketball has recently transitioned into something very different from how it was played a decade or so ago.

According to Marjanovic, he believes that while there are some aspects of the game that have definitely changed, the fundamentals of the sport remain to be the same.

“You say basketball has really changed,” he says, via David Gardner of Bleacher Report, “but it hasn’t changed in one way: You have to put ball in net. And that will never change. You just do it in different ways. For me the easy way, because I’m tall, is layup. You can still miss some three-point shots. But layups? Maybe only one out of 100.”

This is a very simple, yet truly insightful notion from the Sixers 7-foot-3 giant. It’s hard to disagree with his argument here, and in essence, what he is saying is absolutely true.

Marjanovic went on to explain why he thinks that the role of a big man remains to be one of the most important facets of the game.

“That’s why big guys exist,” he exclaimed. “It’s our job to protect the paint. It’s our job to rebound. And it’s our job to get the easy points.”

Unfortunately for Boban, a recent knee injury has led to his inability to fulfill his backup role for the Sixers. The 30-year-old has been out of action for the past six contests, and at the moment, the team has yet to announce a timetable for his return to the court.

Since arriving in Philadelphia on deadline day via a trade deal that centered around former Los Angeles Clippers forward Tobias Harris, Marjanovic has averaged a career-best 9.0 points (on 71.1 percent shooting), 6.3 rebounds, and 0.9 blocks in 17.0 minutes per contest.