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Devin Harris offended LeBron singled Nets out in contraction talk

Dec 29, 2010, 11:44 AM EDT

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Let’s be clear, LeBron James was not talking about contraction. He just mentioned “shrinking the (league)” which is so totally different than contraction. It’s just the media twisting his words.

Whatever James was talking about, he mentioned the New Jersey Nets and wondered how Devin Harris would look on another roster.

Harris told the Star-Ledger he was kind of offended by being singled out by James.

“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.’’

Just for the record, it really wasn’t like that in previous ages.

  1. thestudiokida - Dec 29, 2010 at 12:14 PM

    Oh poor baby… Devin Harris is offended because he probably wouldn’t exist in a 20-team NBA. If LeBron isn’t allowed to mention the Nets who would he mention? No other team has won only 21 games over the last two seasons.

  2. downtowndanny - Dec 29, 2010 at 12:17 PM

    hey lebron, shut up and play!

  3. silencegooddoer - Dec 29, 2010 at 12:57 PM

    Is LeBron smarter than a fifth grader? Contraction was a vocabulary word this year for my fifth grader. Who says he did not recieve special academic allowances??? Do you think he paid a dime for the private school he attended? Do you think he was recruited for sports?

  4. hnirobert3 - Dec 29, 2010 at 1:29 PM

    Jimmy Johnson said it best. If you don’t like us running up the score, stop us from scoring. If Devin Harris doesn’t like the Nets being talked about as a team that could be contracted, WIN MORE GAMES.

  5. lebronsinsecurity - Dec 29, 2010 at 2:06 PM

    I don’t get why people are ripping Devin Harris for reacting to Lebron and his ridiculous uneducated comments.. Call a spade a spade..Lebron made a stupid comment, that’s it. Trying to act like Devin Harris wouldn’t even make a 20 team league is just petty.. People will defend this dude to no end…

    • secdominance - Dec 29, 2010 at 2:32 PM

      they’re ripping Devin Harris for the same reason you’re ripping Lebron even though Magic Johnson said the same thing 2 months ago

  6. moolah954 - Dec 29, 2010 at 3:22 PM

    everybody is acting like the Nets aren’t moving in 2012 Lebron just spoke the truth….move the clippers to Las Vegas and revamp the NBA cause no matter how much u hate Lebron he is right the NBA is watered down

    • lebronsinsecurity - Dec 29, 2010 at 5:18 PM

      “everybody is acting like the Nets aren’t moving in 2012 Lebron just spoke the truth”

      Yes they are, but that’s not contraction.. Defend defend defend

  7. goforthanddie - Dec 29, 2010 at 4:28 PM

    Teams don’t need contracting. Cities and owners do. And anything LeBum says. Seriously. Weren’t the Nets just purchased by one of the richest men in the world? Don’t they have a shiny new arena coming? Somebody please shut LeBum up.

  8. thestudiokida - Dec 29, 2010 at 4:33 PM

    The NBA is not watered down…. right now we have tons of star players compared to the 90’s. Jordan’s Bulls would have stiff competition right now. Back then? Not so much.

  9. cordae - Dec 29, 2010 at 6:00 PM

    With all this “offense” taken……he still wont lead his team to over 30 wins. I defend LeBron, but his SECOND comment about not knowing what contraction meant was pretty stupid. But his first comment was pretty true. I mean its pretty damn rediculous for a team to average 20 wins over a decade and still stick around. And its not like these guys give their all every night and lose, they get beat by double-digits on a nightly basis, the effort is horrible, as byron scott mentioned. Maybe this is what they needed to hear to put a little fire under their asses and play like grown men, not 6th grade girls.

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