When LeBron James spoke of it, the idea was deemed blasphemy by anyone who did not truly understand it. James, in an interview during the season, spoke of the NBA taking on the idea of contraction, which is basically conjoining franchises in the league. James, however, was speaking as far as the talent on the court is concerned.
If you have not noticed, he, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh all had a hand in reshaping an organization and taking part in some contraction of theirs. It left Cleveland and Toronto (Cavaliers and Raptors) without a star and without a hope in the world at a successful 2010 season.
Now, David Stern is allowing reports to surface after making a comment about participating in the idea of contraction, but not as far as for talent purposes. The following is a quote being snatched from an article on the CBS Sports website. Included are Stern’s feelings on the subject.
“[Contraction] is not a subect that we’re against,” Stern said on the podcast. “In fact, when you talk about revenue sharing, a number of teams have said that if you have a team that is perpetually going to be a recipient, aren’t you better off with the ability to buy them in? Because between the revenue sharing and the split of international and the TV money, we could almost buy them in with their own money.
Most of Stern’s decisions nowadays will most likely be financially based seeing as how the league is speculated to have lost money in such a popular season. The idea is not half bad until you think about what is actually being said about the league if they have to merge franchises.
First of all, there is not enough professional level talent to go around. The LeBrons, Kobes and Dwight Howards do not come around too often, and the league is feeling the aftermath of such scarce explosive talent. Not many teams in the league can boast about having a superstar on their squad that averages at least 22 pts. Those types of numbers are instilled in only a few and the NBA is now having to deal with that raw truth.
According to the CBS Sports article, teams such as New Orleans Hornets, the Charlotte Bobcats and the Sacramento Kings are shockingly mentioned. Just when the Kings’ fans felt as if they were in the clear.