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LeBron James offends Harris with contraction talk

Posted on: December 29, 2010 5:32 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 9:53 pm
Miami Heat forward LeBron James made comments concerning contraction and New Jersey Nets point guard Devin Harris, and Harris is reportedlydevin-harris"offended." Posted by Ben Golliver Last week, Miami Heat forward LeBron James really stepped in it, advocating for the contraction of NBA teams to achieve a league that more closely resembled the NBA of the 1980s. Clearly, he was misguided. Shortly after making his comments, James tried to back off, but the damage was done. As you might recall, James singled out the Minnesota Timberwolves and New Jersey Nets in his comments, saying, "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.” Harris, to no one's great surprise, wasn't particularly thrilled about the nature of the comments and the specific mention of the Nets and himself in James' argument for contracting the league. Indeed, reports that Harris was "offended" by James' comments.
“For him to talk about us specifically was a little offensive,’’ Harris said after practice, and before the Nets left for Oklahoma City for tonight’s game against the Thunder. “I mean, from a business standpoint ... what’s best, we’re still trying to figure this out. But (James is) in the mind-set of, ‘Let’s just team everybody up with stars and kind of duke it out,’ which, it kind of was like that in previous ages, but who’s to say what’s best for the league.’’
Kudos to Harris for accomplishing a very rare feat in the NBA: standing up to LeBron James publicly. James' comments in general were ridiculous, and the fact that he included specific teams and players pushed them past the "reckless" threshold.  Not that he cares. For more reaction to the idea of contraction from small-market teams, check out Matt Moore's piece with Rudy Gay and Zach Randolph of the Memphis Grizzlies.

Since: Aug 17, 2010
Posted on: December 29, 2010 10:26 pm

LeBron James offends Harris with contraction talk

I agree, this really is a joke.  What did he say wrong?  Guess that is what happens when you tell the truth.  The league is watered down.  No reason for the NBA to have to purchase a team as a bail out.  Contraction would definitely eliminate this from happening in the future.

Since: Nov 23, 2006
Posted on: December 29, 2010 8:01 pm

LeBron James offends Harris with contraction talk

Sure the NBA has problems.  You look at how many kids are skipping college and going pro early and it is ridiculous.  Why are teams drafting these, as stated, mental midgets?  So many teams signing guys for long term contracts that just are not worth a fraction of the money.  Many of these guys are unproven as well.  The Knicks became a sucker for signing deadbeats to long term deals and getting stuck with theri lazy butts.  With a salary cap too, that is not easy to overcome and takes years to come out of.  Guys get hurt too and their gone for at least a season, sometimes longer.  Players who put the time in college ball are having to stand in line behind some skinny High Schooler or some foreign player who steps in front of them in the draft.  I thnk to be eligible for the NBA Draft you should play three years minimum of College Ball at an accredited School.  Can be a Foreign College too provided it has a basketball program, the players plays, and completes three years of eligibility.  Exceptions could be in cases where injury occurs, just like in giving players additional years of eligibility in college.  Lebron is no asset to the NBA.  Basketball talent?  Sure he is one of the best but he promotes/stands for nothing else.  Kareem, Larry, even Shaq went to college.  Kobe should have too!  Doctor J went to college and so should have Moses Malone and Darryl Dawkins.  I say, do it at a level where many strive to be to study hard and make something out of themselves before you take your talent into a league where only a few make it.  Some dumb brat who can't read or write and only plays basketball wants to claim this would deny his/her right to make a living then go work in a car wash, learn to read and write, earn enough money to get into college, study, play ball, grow up, then you can go to the NBA, when you are eligible.

Since: Dec 1, 2007
Posted on: December 29, 2010 7:45 pm

LeBron James offends Harris with contraction talk

That's why I think that kids should go to college instead of jumping straight to the NBA. Then maybe LeBron wouldn't be so narcissistic that he would throw out mongoloid comments.

Since: Nov 11, 2006
Posted on: December 29, 2010 7:31 pm

LeBron James offends Harris with contraction talk

Amazing that this is a story.  James is an basketball GIANT...but a mental midget.  The 26-year old (Happy Birthday Lebron) uneducated (I don't count modern HS as an education) James has no concept on how to make an all-star line-up work as a team--much less how to operate a $4B industry spanning two countries.
I find it particularly interesting that this comment adds another slight to Cleveland.  If one looks at the competitiveness of Cleveland pre-Lebron (

history/CLE/cleveland-cavaliers) you can see that this was a team that meets his requirements for contraction.  I guess these teams are good enough to launch a one-man show into the national spotlight, but not good enough to be part of the club once that one-man gets a larger stage.
I recommend Lebron initiate contraction on his lips, and be happy he's overpaid to provide an entertainment service to basketball fans.

Since: Dec 27, 2010
Posted on: December 29, 2010 7:26 pm

LeBron James offends Harris with contraction talk

I agree with the previous comment about struggling to see where LeBron's comments were ridiculous. It is actually nice to have athletes voice an honest opinion and in this case LeBron is completely correct. We are debating the mediocrity of today to the golden age of basketball that people can only hope some day returns. Of course less teams would increase the overall talent level as well as increasing the quality of NBA basketball dramatically. There is really no argument against it.

Since: Jul 6, 2007
Posted on: December 29, 2010 7:23 pm

LeBron James offends Harris with contraction talk

i agree. Most of the teams in this league are a joke.  Its like when everyone gets mad when the top mlb teams sign the best players for a ton of money cept here its the best teams with the best players and they dominate everyone and not too many fans complain much liek the mlb fans do

Since: Dec 20, 2006
Posted on: December 29, 2010 6:28 pm

LeBron James offends Harris with contraction talk

I'm still trying to find out what was ridiculous about what he said...  The league is watered down and a only a few teams have a chance to win the league every year.  Contraction seems like a perfectly reasonable response, even if 30 players that shouldn't be on rosters anyway lose their spot.

Or is any anti-union comments considered ridiculous without thought?  Just furhter proof what perspective is required to get a job in the mainstream media...

What a joke.

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