Re: why has the NBA gone pu$$ified over the years?
Michael Jordan happened.
Owners and advertisers wanted to protect their stars. Then the league wanted to promote and push for another MJ, so they watered down the rules.
The first one is understandable, you don't want your star players to get hurt, that hurts the team, the league and the fans. But they took that too far.
The other is just pathetic.