LeBron James: What If He Is Right About NBA Contraction?

December 28th, 2010 by Marcas Grant Leave a reply »
Now that we've all had a chance to digest and regurgitate the comments LeBron James made about “shrinking the league”—remember, he never said the C-word—maybe we can all take a moment to actually think about what his comments could mean.

Regardless of any comments he may have made trying to walk his statements back, the horse was well down the expressway before anyone considered closing the barn door. The topic of contraction has been put on the table and has drawn plenty of reaction around the league, from Kevin Love's ho-hum reaction to a couple of Memphis Grizzlies speaking of it in very real terms.

But what if LeBron's right? What if cutting a couple of teams from the NBA does make the league better? What if it makes the entire sport of basketball better?

Let's imagine James' idea that you can break up the Minnesota Timberwolves or New Jersey Nets and the domino effect it causes around the league. First, it would likely start to bring salaries back in line. As Yahoo's Adrian Wojnarowski correctly points out in his scathing commentary on LeBron's comments, stars like James, Kobe Bryant and Dwyane Wade deserve their sal ...

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