I'm finishing up Blaine Johnson's great What's Happening'? right now, but before giving you a full-fledged review here's an amazing paragraph from page 125:
“I’m struck again by the comments of the longtime veterans and coaches who span what apparently was a very different era in pro basketball. The league has been diluted by expansion, players are making incredible salaries, many of them guaranteed before he ever plays a pro game. Almost all the arenas are new and shiny, the travel is … first class. … Pro basketball is drawing unprecedented attendance and TV ratings.”Johnson wrote those words in 1977.