A replay of the history of the National Basketball Association (it began as the Basketball Association of America) over the last twenty years which has seen more than nominal changes: it has become a ""stable, prosperous"" and clean game. From the formation of the first league under the impetus of newspaperman Ned Irish, through the early seasons and the Manhattan College incident, as well as other less desirable aspects of this bruising, body-contact game. New rules to equalize the play and cut down on fouling were inaugurated in the mid-fifties; 6'"" Bill Russell dominated the game more than physically--but there were other new stars and influences; franchises, television, etc. all were factors. This then manages to give just what it intends to provide--a ""wide screen picture"" presumably for twenty-one-inch speclators.