Ben hasn't had bone spurs before last year unless you go back to Orlando. I don't buy that legislating against defense. The rules eliminated the hand checking but blocks, position and hustle are all still legal AFAIK. The reason why the league is so low scoring is the over abundance of 3 point baskets and zone defenses. If the league wanted to increase scoring, they would do away with the zone and force teams to play man-to-man. By playing zone, they are just encouraging the 3 which is why you don't see the same box scores the league had 20 years ago. Anyway, I don't think the NBA legislated against Ben. They legislated against Lindsey.