Kobe Bryant has had plenty of time this season to evaluate the current state of the NBA.

Injured for the majority of Lakers games through 2013-14 so far, Kobe is far from impressed with what he has seen.

Lakers Nation reporter, Serena Winters, tweeted that flagrant fouls made the Lakers star "nauseous."

And speaking to ESPN Los Angeles, he seems to have fallen out of love with the modern game during his stint courtside:

"It's more a finesse game.

"It's more small ball, which, personally, I don't really care much for." he told Dave McMenamin.

He has a point.

Watching any NBA game this season you are likely to see fouls called for incidents that, even a few years ago, would have been accepted as part of the game.

And Kobe is clearly longing for years gone by:

"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."

Flagrant fouls, and the hand-check rule, introduced in the 2004-05 season, met the wrath of the Mamba.

And he feels the standard of player is decreasing because of it:

"You want to be able to hand check a little bit. The truth is it makes the game (where) players have to be more skilful.

"Nowadays, literally anybody can get out there and to the basket and you can't touch anybody."

While many ex-pros have, in the recent past, come out to criticise the rule changes affecting the modern NBA, it is interesting to hear a current (albeit injured) star openly lamenting the rule makers.

Is this the next step toward the end of the five-time champions career?

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