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Not to forget in the sense of not being able to remember what you know, but forgetting in the sense of not needing to remember what you know.

The Bulls traveled with security and as rock stars.

They built a practice facility, the Berto Center, which was very inaccessible to the media.

This was a better product than college basketball but it lacked the trappings, it lacked the tradition, the pomp and circumstance. You can argue who the best player in the league was – from 1976 to 1980. What are today's writers missing out on when it comes to access, and is today's landscape the product of a gradual change or a few major precipitating events?

The basketball itself was the greatest basketball in the world. Ryan: I remember the famous "Willis Reed Game" in 1970.

, the good old days covering the Celtics, how Boston's greats stack up against other NBA legends, and much more in an extended conversation with

Bob ryan dating The arrival of Larry Bird and Magic Johnson, followed quickly by Michael Jordan, catapulted the NBA onto its global course.You have had a first-hand view of the league for almost 50 years.Did you ever think, prior to that period, that the NBA was destined for such big things? Michael was the final piece of that puzzle, no doubt. I honestly remember thinking in the early 1970s, in the early Dave Cowens regime that it would be great if they could only average 10,000 a night.Bob Ryan: I was among many who felt the NBA had a lot of growth potential and could be the "Sport of the 1970s." There was a lot of thematic stuff being written at the time about that and I was a subscriber to that theory. Averaging 10,000 was a milestone in my head for them.Selling out routinely in anything other than the playoffs was unimaginable.The parking lot for the players is out of sight, so you didn’t even know who was there.Another big change came when closed practices became the norm rather than the exception, as they were in the 1970s.By 11, Ryan had already dubbed himself "The Sportster" and was extolling the virtues of Bob Cousy in impassioned columns.By high school, Ryan's work on the student paper earned him the "scribe" moniker from the school's football coach.There’s no way I could have projected what the league became 10 years later.​ The perception of the league in the late-1970s with drugs, and a feeling of stagnation, delayed the league's growth. and before Magic arrived he was just going through the motions.

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