Perhaps the National Basketball Association is in trouble when one of its preeminent chroniclers can refer to the notorious Charles Barkley as one of the ``good guys.'' Pluto (The Curse of Rocky Colavito, 1994, etc.) laments that this once fast, offense-oriented game is going ``through a period of taunting, brawling, and championship teams that can't shoot.'' The games are low-scoring, there's too much trash talk, and the younger players, though superb athletes, fail to master the fundamentals.
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