LeBron James: NBA is 'watered down,' needs fewer teams with more stars
Saying the NBA is "watered down," LeBron James thinks that the league's popularity would soar again if there were more stars on each team, a theory he's put into operation with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh in Miami, and fewer teams.
"How can it be bad for basketball when you have guys who want to win playing on the same team?" he said before the Heat beat the Suns Thursday night. "Hopefully, the league can figure out one way where it can go back to the '80s where you had three or four All-Stars, three or four superstars, three or four Hall of Famers on the same team. The league was great. It wasn't as watered down as it is."
James, whose team plays the Los Angeles Lakers tomorrow, dislikes playing on Christmas, reasoning that there'd be more big games throughout the season and no need to create holiday buzz games. Yes, LeBron, who's selling sponsorships for his 26th birthday bash next week, is playing against hype here.
"We had more [star] players on the team, which made almost every game anticipated, not just the Christmas Day game or the Halloween game, things like that," James said.
"It's not my job; I'm a player, but that is why the league was so great. 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."
| December 24, 2010; 8:44 AM ET
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