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Posted at 8:44 AM ET, 12/24/2010

LeBron James: NBA is 'watered down,' needs fewer teams with more stars

By Cindy Boren

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."

By Cindy Boren  | December 24, 2010; 8:44 AM ET
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LeBron, you misquoted yourself....YOU ARE SOOOOOO STUPID!!!!!!! And that's your "Decision"

Posted by: eddie5 | December 24, 2010 9:58 AM | Report abuse

Only LeBron would be selling sponsorships to a birthday party.

He makes a few good points about the league being watered down. Of course, in the process he throws the Minnesota and New Jersey franchises under the bus. With his ego, I'm surprised he didn't throw Cleveland into the mix.

"Now that I've taken my talents to South Beach, Cleveland has a bunch of has-beens, wash-outs and never-wasses"

Posted by: randysbailin | December 24, 2010 10:12 AM | Report abuse

Hypocrite. This bs from a guy who left Cleveland, thereby watering the team down.

Posted by: upperdeck4 | December 24, 2010 10:50 AM | Report abuse

He did do his part to contract the league of one team, didn't he?

Posted by: CindyBoren | December 24, 2010 11:04 AM | Report abuse

I actually agree with Lebron. There are too many teams. Miami clearly doesn't need one. Its such a transplant community compared to other NBA cities.

Posted by: Eckertae | December 24, 2010 11:26 AM | Report abuse

You know what? He's right. And it's not just LeBron saying this. The NBA has degraded its product with all the expansion.

If the NBA does contract, I'd bet it's at least 50-50 that DC ends up without a team, though!

Posted by: nyskinsdiehard | December 24, 2010 12:39 PM | Report abuse

You are so dumb. For real. You are really dumb.

Posted by: grimesman | December 24, 2010 12:40 PM | Report abuse

Move the New Orleans Hornets to Seattle, contract the Memphis Grizzlies and Minnesota Timberwolves.

Posted by: GBroder17 | December 24, 2010 3:02 PM | Report abuse

I agree that NBA has too many teams.
Break up the Bobcats; any team with Kwame Brown is watered down.

Posted by: SM33 | December 24, 2010 4:26 PM | Report abuse

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