Loving the NBA, warts and all

Chuck Klosterman knows the NBA will forever be flawed. But maybe that's OK.

Updated: October 29, 2007, 1:07 PM ET
By Chuck Klosterman | Page 2

This article appeared in the Nov. 5 issue of ESPN The Magazine.

Basketball season hasn't even started, and the NBA is already in trouble. You know this. Everyone knows this. Everyone knows this because this is always true. The NBA is always in trouble.

When I started to watch pro basketball, in 1979, the NBA was bordering on cataclysmic collapse. Nobody cared. Most players were believed to be addicted to cocaine, except the ones who were getting their jaws broken during on-court ...

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