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The National Basketball Association used to be a unifi ed league featuring
high powered teams with great players who put on explosive shows
night after night to the delight of their admiring fans.
The league featured great stars like Wilt Chamberlain, Bill Russell, Elgin
Baylor, and Jerry West who consistently displayed offensive versatility
as well as defensive prowess. The NBA of some 50 years ago had no
more than six or eight teams, but all of them were highly skilled
But today the NBA has fallen on hard timesat least in the artistic sense.
In his new book How Sweet It Was: And How the NBA Can Return to
Greatness, writer Joe Delmore outlines what made the league great and
how it has fallen from those graces. He pays particular attention to the
overpaid athletes, coaches with no authority, and selfi sh players with
poorly developed basketball skills. The media, particularly cable television,
shines a constant spotlight on these overcompensated athletes.
In his new book, the author outlines several concrete steps that should
return professional basketball to a semblance of its former glory. Players
will receive better training and more classroom exposure, and contracts
will be limited by their very nature. The author also outlines steps on how
to improve the coaching profession.
If these measures are undertaken, a revitalized NBA will take shape, and
fans will gain a new appreciation of the game.