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Old 12-23-2010, 11:57 PM   #46
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Default Re: LeBron James supports contraction of some NBA teams

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They have a $hitty management. Do you think Kobe would have won an NBA title if he wasn't traded to the Lakers? Hell no. He's very lucky because he was given an opportunity to play for the Los Angeles Lakers. The Lakers signed Shaquille O'Neal in 1996, and Phil Jackson became their head coach after the 1999 NBA Season.

The rest is history.

How many franchises are like the Lakers? You can't be expected to be gifted perfect scenarios all throughout your career or your life. You have to deserve to be given those situations. Why is everyone else expected to earn a winning team, but you think Kevin Love and Blake Griffin should be just given one? Sometimes life hands you a shitty pair of cards, you still have to make the most of it. And if your shitty pair of cards is playing for multi-millions of dollars and the sport you love, then quite frankly, it's not all that shitty at all.

Kevin Love, Brook Lopez, Blake Griffin, or whoever should do what most NBA legends had to do. Earn their respect. Earn their titles. Stop sympathizing for them. Nearly every legend had to go through shitty years, but earned their way. Love, Griffin, or whoever shouldn't be exempt from that.
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Old 12-24-2010, 12:00 AM   #47
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Regardless whether LeBron is right or not, he needs to shut the fuck up and play ball.
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Old 12-24-2010, 12:02 AM   #48
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Wow, just listening to LeBron, I suddenly see his vision when he went to Miami. He didn't run off to join another top 3 player, and a top 10, for an easy path to rings.

He did it for us.

What a classy guy.
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Old 12-24-2010, 12:03 AM   #49
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I don't know about eliminating teams. With the right talent and coaching staff, any team can be competitive. Some teams are starting to build a solid foundation.
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Old 12-24-2010, 12:09 AM   #50
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Default Re: LeBron James supports contraction of some NBA teams

24 teams(12 each conference) with only 10-12(5-6 each conference) making it to the playoffs.

Use the 1st round-bye format for top teams in the playoffs like they did in the 70's. This way the regular season will mean something.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1978_NBA_Playoffs
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1977_NBA_Playoffs
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1976_NBA_Playoffs

This would make the regular season games a lot more important if you can get a 1st round out of it by being one of the top teams.

There were 8 different champions in the 70's.
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Old 12-24-2010, 12:10 AM   #51
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Getting rid of the clippers, kings etc will turn their best players, players that are all-star caliber players mind you, into role players, it will turn blake griffin into an offensive version of chris anderson. Or relegate starters into role players. Not cuz they're not good enough, but just cuz there's no room.

Look at it this way, if wade was drafted by the lakers and had to play behind kobe bryant, he'd never evolve into the player we have become accustomed to watching. How is that a good thing?
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Old 12-24-2010, 12:16 AM   #52
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Getting rid of the clippers, kings etc will turn their best players, players that are all-star caliber players mind you, into role players, it will turn blake griffin into an offensive version of chris anderson. Or relegate starters into role players. Not cuz they're not good enough, but just cuz there's no room.

Look at it this way, if wade was drafted by the lakers and had to play behind kobe bryant, he'd never evolve into the player we have become accustomed to watching. How is that a good thing?

Actually, that would be awesome. There will be less glorified regular season superstars in the league.
T-Mac and Carter would have been 3rd option players during their prime if they were to play with other top superstars.

You will also eliminate questionable HOF-caliber players(two names I mentioned) who rack their stats on shitty teams.

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Old 12-24-2010, 12:19 AM   #53
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I sort of agree with LeBron on this. On the other hand it puts a lot of people out of work.
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Old 12-24-2010, 12:19 AM   #54
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Getting rid of the clippers, kings etc will turn their best players, players that are all-star caliber players mind you, into role players, it will turn blake griffin into an offensive version of chris anderson. Or relegate starters into role players. Not cuz they're not good enough, but just cuz there's no room.

Look at it this way, if wade was drafted by the lakers and had to play behind kobe bryant, he'd never evolve into the player we have become accustomed to watching. How is that a good thing?

I'm a 90s guy, but weren't hall of famers like Karl Malone and Charles Barkley not high draft picks? And look at Kobe, he came in playing for a championship caliber team. Guys like Wade would still succeed, and if not, that's just life, the quality of the league is more important than how beneficial it would be to some unproven guy.
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In the long-run, the quality of the league is in the best interest of them all, Contract it.
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Old 12-24-2010, 12:27 AM   #56
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I agree with LeBron 100%. I've been saying the NBA should only have 24-26 teams for years.
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Old 12-24-2010, 12:28 AM   #57
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Actually, that would be awesome. There will be less glorified regular season superstars in the league.
T-Mac and Carter would have been 3rd option players during their prime if they were to play with other top superstars.

You will also eliminate questionable HOF-caliber players(two names I mentioned) who rack their stats on shitty teams.
Ok why stop at 6 teams? Wouldn't the league be better if there were only 20? How bout 15? You see how that works?
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Old 12-24-2010, 12:32 AM   #58
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I'm a 90s guy, but weren't hall of famers like Karl Malone and Charles Barkley not high draft picks? And look at Kobe, he came in playing for a championship caliber team. Guys like Wade would still succeed, and if not, that's just life, the quality of the league is more important than how beneficial it would be to some unproven guy.
How is the quality of the league suffering? Even the clippers have 3 quality guys in griffin, gordon and kamen. And I don't understand the barkely and malone reasoning.
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Old 12-24-2010, 12:34 AM   #59
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I agree with LeBron 100%. I've been saying the NBA should only have 24-26 teams for years.
Im curious as to how you arrive at 24-26?
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24 teams(12 each conference) with only 10-12(5-6 each conference) making it to the playoffs.

Use the 1st round-bye format for top teams in the playoffs like they did in the 70's. This way the regular season will mean something.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1978_NBA_Playoffs
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1977_NBA_Playoffs
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1976_NBA_Playoffs

This would make the regular season games a lot more important if you can get a 1st round out of it by being one of the top teams.

There were 8 different champions in the 70's.

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