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He Gets It

Here's a great article by Steve Czaban from, comparing
the Duke-Maryland game to the Wizards-Bulls game,
with this devastating
conclusion - dead-on, by the way:

You come back with the beers and sit down. You hope he has forgotten about all those things he asked you about. No such luck. He wonders innocently if the NBA was always this bad to watch. You say no, it used to be very good. You tell him scores routinely reached into the hundreds, sometimes into the 120's. You tell him players used to make shots with ease. You say crowds were much louder. Players didn't make as much money, and yet played twice as hard.

Your guest's eyes go wide at the thought. And then he asks, "so what happened?"

You have no answers. And apparently, neither does the NBA.