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“The game was struggling,” Colangelo says. “There was a lot of isolation basketball, and there was a lot of standing around. We had defensive guidelines that no one truly understood. It was a mess. Handchecking was a big issue, and there were muggings in the paint.” As recently as 1987-88, 100-possession games had been the NBA norm. But with the exception of a brief blip upward in the early ’80s, the pace of play had inexorably been trending slower for decades. Consider that in 1961-62, when Wilt Chamberlain averaged 50.4 points per game and Oscar Robertson a triple-double, the average NBA game featured 107.7 shots per game by each team. By 1997-98, the last season before Michael Jordan’s second retirement, that had dropped to 79.7 shots per game — a 26 percent decline.
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