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LeBron: Contraction would be 'great' for NBA

Posted on: December 23, 2010 10:21 pm
Edited on: December 24, 2010 12:20 am
PHOENIX -- During a candid pregame discussion about whether the formation of Miami’s free-agent trio was good for the NBA, LeBron James said the most sensible thing I’ve ever heard him say. 

Contraction would be great for the NBA. 

Well, he didn’t us the word “contraction,” but James said he hopes that some day the NBA will be able to figure out how to bring the game back to the greatness that was experienced in the 1980s, when “ten teams had probably two or three All-Stars on one team, at least.” 

When someone correctly pointed out that there were only 24 teams then, as opposed to the 30 that exist now, James said, “That’s why it was great. That’s my point.” 

The conversation began when LeBron was asked if the nationwide anticipation of the Heat-Lakers game on Christmas Day was validation of Dwyane Wade’s plan to join forces with James and Chris Bosh in Miami. Oh, and before we’ve even gotten to the showcase game on Saturday, the league’s TV ratings are up 30 percent this season. Something must be working. 

But as owners of high- and low-revenue teams continue to debate how to enhance the league’s revenue-sharing system in conjunction with negotiations on a new collective bargaining agreement, the greatness James remembers from the NBA of the ‘80s is only being experienced in a few cities. The Lakers, Mavericks, Spurs, Celtics, Heat and Magic – plus maybe Utah and Chicago – have a legitimate chance at winning the championship. The rest of the teams can only wallow in their own pity – and tens of millions in losses, according to commissioner David Stern. 

“Hopefully the league can figure out one day how it can go back to the situation like it was in the ‘80s,” James said. “… The league was great. It wasn’t as watered down as it is. You had more [star] players on a team, which made almost every game anticipated -- not just a Christmas Day game, not just a Halloween game. I don’t ever think it’s bad for the league when guys decide that they want to do some greatness for the better of what we call a team sport. 

“I’m a player," James said, "but that’s why the league was so great. You can just imagine if you could take Kevin Love off Minnesota and add him to another team and you shrink the guys … I’m just looking at some of the teams that are not that great. You take Brook Lopez or you take Devin Harris off teams that are not that good right now and add them to a team that could be really good. I’m not saying let’s take New Jersey, let’s take Minnesota out of the league. But hey, you guys are not stupid. I’m not stupid, but I know what would be great for the league.” 

He’s right. So you see, there was genius in LeBron’s decision to go to Miami. Because that was only part of the plan. 

I wish he’d announced on “The Decision” that after signing with the Heat, he was also eliminating six teams from the NBA. He wouldn’t have been nearly the villain he’s become.

Since: Jul 21, 2008
Posted on: December 26, 2010 12:23 pm

LeBron: Contraction would be 'great' for NBA

LeBron says that he needs better competition and yet the competition was too tough for him to stay in Cleveland. He had to collaborate with two other All-Stars in order to be able to win a championship in such a diluted league.

What a piece of work this guy is.

Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: December 26, 2010 1:23 am

LeBron: Contraction would be 'great' for NBA

Lebron wants contraction. Yes, he would also like to eliminate half the teams in the league. He had said in the past that he would not mind facing the Lakers, Celtics, Mavericks and Spurs every game. And that was before he joined Miami. I bet now he would probably say that he and his two buddies could play a doubleheader against 2 of the 4 top ranked teams in the league. This is amazing. James and the Heat are doing so expected. This will make it all the more sweeter when they get swept in the the first round no less.

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: December 25, 2010 10:44 pm

LeBron: Contraction would be 'great' for NBA

Hey Mr. Labron James you say you dont like playing on Christmas well thats just to bad. You sure take all the money the Miami Heat and the NBA gives you. You sure had a game today with your mates Chris Bosh and that other guy Duane Wade. The NBA set it up to show case the best teams To bad the Lakers did not give you a very good game but that's life. Now take your money and play when and where you are told to play.

Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: December 25, 2010 9:08 pm

LeBron: Contraction would be 'great' for NBA

How can one man go out of his way to sound so stupid time after time?
He has turned being an a-hole into an art form.

Since: Jul 6, 2007
Posted on: December 25, 2010 7:22 pm

LeBron: Contraction would be 'great' for NBA

Contraction is never good, LeBron is a genuine idiot.

I really wonder if LeBron is this stupid, talking about a lack of talent around the league on a team stacked with superstars.

Since: Apr 28, 2007
Posted on: December 25, 2010 1:25 pm

LeBron: Contraction would be 'great' for NBA

I would hate to lose the Grizzlies, but they will never win a title. Our owner is terrible at player management. I do not know how many poor drafts he has overseen, but we have had several. Mike Conley is garbage, see NT game vs Fla when corey brewer destroyed him. Thabeet ! Are you kidding me ? Tyreke Evans is right there for you to draft and you take a worse version of Manute Bol........ Mayo vs Kevin Love - I actually give them a pass on this one. However, giving Pau Gasol away to the Lakers was inexcuseable.

Heisley seems to be a nice guy and he is kind to televise some Tiger home games, but the franchise is not great at drafting.

Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: December 25, 2010 10:05 am

LeBron: Contraction would be 'great' for NBA

just where did mr james get his edumacation

Since: Dec 15, 2006
Posted on: December 25, 2010 12:16 am

LeBron: Contraction would be 'great' for NBA

Since: May 25, 2009
Posted on: December 24, 2010 8:38 pm

LeBron: Contraction would be 'great' for NBA

If contraction is the best solution then why is the college game so popular. D-1 ball isn't a small league and there are teams that make a lot of money and those that don't make much of anything.

Since: Jul 4, 2007
Posted on: December 24, 2010 8:14 pm

LeBron: Contraction would be 'great' for NBA

LeBoring was 6 when the 80's ended.  Maybe somebody should tell him about Ted Stepian.  

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