Basketball is a business! In 2019 it is impossible to miss that. My recollection of the league only goes back to the mid 80's. People call it glory days of basketball, but there definitely were problems. But there were moments that simply can't be recreated in the modern league. The NBA is very risk averse in 2019. No longer will we see the joy and uniqueness of watching a double header. No longer will we see unique arenas with unfair advantages like Seattle. However in 2019 I can say the NBA product has never been better. NBA talent is way better and the parody in the league is real. For most players the NBA was there golden ticket out of places that were less than ideal. They played as if their playing window was their lifetime earning window. Players now know the power they hold over this entertainment space. They recognize it early as teens and are groomed to be a business themselves. So are we missing something in 2019...probably but this game is much better for it.