Lebron James would like the NBA to get smaller. Like the good old days when the Lakers and Celtics ruled the NBA. Lebron was talking with reporters before the Thursday night game in Phoenix where he made the remarks.
Among his comments were:
“It’s not my job; I’m a player, but that is why the league was so great,” James said. “Imagine if you could take Kevin Love off Minnesota and add him to another team and you shrink the (league). Looking at some of the teams that aren’t that great, you take Brook Lopez or you take Devin Harris off these teams that aren’t that good right now and you add him to a team that could be really good.
“I’m not saying let’s take New Jersey and let’s take Minnesota out of the league. But hey, you guys are not stupid, I’m not stupid, it would be great for the league.”
Times have changed and Lebron needs to take a better look around the league. Sure, maybe it makes sense to drop a few NBA teams. Cities like Sacramento where just 6 years ago you had the hottest team in the league selling out every game and now you have a half empty house seem to be great candidates to cut loose.
But whose fault is it that the fans have turned away. Lousy choices by ownership to jack up the NBA ticket prices every year while cutting payroll to the point you have the worst team in the league is not the fans fault. It’s the fault of the greedy owners and players like Lebron who demand to be overpaid.
And there are far more choices for fans today. With the jacked up ticket prices fewer families are going to the games which is impacting the fan base for the NBA. And the kids have many other entertainment choices than the good old days of the 80’s.
Here’s the problem with your plan King James. NBA fans in these remaining cities, the ones without the 5 All Stars on the team, will not pay top dollar every year for season tickets and sit back and wait for the pleasure of your royal ass to come to town for that one “special” game out of a season of 88 games.
Maybe you’re right Lebron. But let’s take it all the way and shrink the league down to just a few superstar teams. Get rid of all the other bums in the NBA and cut down to just 10 teams or less and make the game really competitive. And then see how much money you get paid.
It’s nice to see Lebron is thinking about the NBA and not just himself again. But James should pull his head out of his ass before he finds fewer NBA fans watching the “premier” teams on those special days and you’re left with only die hard fans dreaming of how it was.
Speaking of getting paid, according to CNN.com LeBron James is looking for sponsors for his 26th birthday celebration and has hired a marketing company to seek anywhere from $10,000 to $500,000 to pay for it. Any takers?