It wasn't always this way. Michael Jordan was a household name. The battles between the Celtics and Lakers were legendary. Julias Erving, a.k.a. "Dr. J" was spellbinding.
Now, it's the players' behavior off the court that's getting more press. Kobe Bryant's rape trial and a brawl on the stands have been hoop nightmares for the beleaguered NBA league.
Tune in for an insider's perspective beyond the baseline on the future of the NBA.
Jack McCallum, senior writer for Sports Illustrated, covering his 14th NBA final
Sam Walker, sports columnist for the Wall Street Journal
Bob Ryan, sports columnist for The Boston Globe
David Steele, sports columnist for The Baltimore Sun
This program aired on June 15, 2005.