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LeBron James wants to talk to Adam Silver, has ideas about growing the league

Jan 28, 2014, 3:20 PM EDT

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When you are the biggest name in the sport, you can get a few perks.

So if LeBron James wants to sit down with incoming NBA Commissioner Adam Silver — who takes over for David Stern as of this weekend — he might get his wish.

LeBron told Brian Windhorst of ESPN that a sit down with Silver is exactly what he wants.

“Hopefully I can sit down with the commish and just throw out some ideas where I hope the league can be better,” James said as the Heat prepared to face the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday night (8 ET, ESPN). “Hopefully he has some ideas for me….

“It’s not a major change, but the game can always be bigger,” James said. “There’s a lot of people who love the game who can’t watch the game, so hopefully we can [expand it].”

LeBron and Silver will both be in New Orleans in a couple weeks, maybe they can sit down over some beignets and have a conversation.

Sounds a little like James is thinking international growth of the game, which is high on Silver’s list the same way it was high on Stern’s. (Don’t be surprised if Stern gets a formal “consulting” job with the league working on international growth of the game after he retires.)

As for ideas Silver might have for LeBron… I’m not sure he’s the guy to go to on how to slice open the Pacers’ pick-and-roll defense. But you can ask.

  1. shuttaman1990 - Jan 28, 2014 at 3:31 PM

    Just tell him to end the dresscode rule.
    It killed iverson. I mean he respects iverson right?

  2. ranfan12 - Jan 28, 2014 at 3:33 PM

    No LeBron, Silver will not make flopping legal.

    • asimonetti88 - Jan 28, 2014 at 3:38 PM

      Mr. Silver, LeBron would like to have a word with you about eliminating the traveling rules.

      • savvybynature - Jan 28, 2014 at 4:06 PM

        Why would Lebron want to change either of these rules? They don’t currently apply to him anyway!

      • zerole00 - Jan 28, 2014 at 4:25 PM


      • ranfan12 - Jan 28, 2014 at 6:00 PM

        Haha it’s all in fun savvy. Just thought the headline was pretty easy to take out of context

      • savvybynature - Jan 28, 2014 at 6:14 PM

        Haha, yeah, I was just playin along too

  3. zerole00 - Jan 28, 2014 at 4:25 PM

    Hm, taking PR advice from someone who thought “The Decision” was a good idea. Gee, I wonder what could go wrong.

    • 00maltliquor - Jan 28, 2014 at 7:18 PM

      The Decision was amazing. If I can remember right it raised something like over 2 million for a children’s charity. I LOVED The Decision! Don’t know why people look past that fact.

      • money2long - Jan 28, 2014 at 10:00 PM

        when is The Decision part II coming out ?

      • fanofthegame79 - Jan 29, 2014 at 10:20 AM

        Agreed. People also forget that ESPN was all over this – creating a half hour show to air The Decision. But wait, LeBron must have highjacked the airwaves and put on his own show, right? Also, I think the amount raised was closer to $3 million for the Boys and Girls club.

    • tomtravis76 - Jan 28, 2014 at 9:48 PM

      It was an espn show. Some suit said they could sell this, just the way they sell college signing day. It is dramatic suspenseful tv, if it works on the college level , wow look how much we could make with pro athletes, choosing teams on live tv.
      Look at the ratings, it worked. There was a backlash because cities didn’t get their way, the star chose Miami. If they did it all over again this summer and LeBron, melo, wade, bosh, etc had the opportunity to show a hat to which city they were taking their talents to, basketball and sports fans would be locked in…what are you going to watch a weekday July baseball game?

      Remember when espn showed the live announcement of a HS kid from the suburbs of Philly that he was taking his talents to the NBA?

      • fanofthegame79 - Jan 29, 2014 at 10:22 AM

        Good points, Tom. People have selective memories when they want.

  4. zerole00 - Jan 28, 2014 at 4:26 PM

    Off note, does anyone else think of the Dean from “Community” when they see Silver?

  5. southsidegroovin281 - Jan 28, 2014 at 4:29 PM

    Silvers secretary: Would you also like your ear plugs before he comes in?

  6. onbucky96 - Jan 28, 2014 at 4:31 PM

    Yeah, that’s not gonna happen. Nice try Prince James.

  7. spursareold - Jan 28, 2014 at 4:40 PM

    I’m just wondering what LeBron has to talk about with him. The league already calls a foul on anyone who breathes on him, and never calls anything at all on him.

    • thenmoveback - Jan 28, 2014 at 5:26 PM

      LeBron fouled out the other night in a close game.

  8. maikoch - Jan 28, 2014 at 5:17 PM

    It’s not enough to be the most overrated player in NBA history? Now he thinks he’s the assistant commissioner, too?

  9. davidly - Jan 28, 2014 at 5:36 PM

    He promises not to flop anymore in the playoffs or complain about no-calls as long as he can make his own foul calls.

    • belleby123 - Jan 28, 2014 at 5:44 PM

      I think Miami Heat players reffing their own games might be more fair than the bias they’re currently getting.

  10. borderline1988 - Jan 28, 2014 at 5:38 PM

    First things first Lebron, get rid of those stupid glasses. Actually, extend that to everyone. I don’t know why people think they are fashionable.

  11. southbeachtalent - Jan 28, 2014 at 6:18 PM

    pathetic as usual.

  12. hannsta - Jan 28, 2014 at 7:24 PM

    Move the free-throw line up a few feet and change it to free-dunk?

  13. eugenesaxe1 - Jan 28, 2014 at 8:59 PM

    Jebus, doesn’t he get enough attention already?

    • gofinsgoheatfloria - Jan 29, 2014 at 6:02 AM

      LeBron James thinks he may actually have something useful to say about the future of the game of basketball to the new Commissioner, whose background for the job is impressive but is entirely outside of playing or coaching. What exactly is anyone’s problem with LeBron on this?

      • fanofthegame79 - Jan 29, 2014 at 10:25 AM

        People just like to hate on LeBron – an upstanding professional athlete who has never been in any trouble and promotes a positive lifestyle for his fans; young and old, alike. It makes no sense. Oh wait, it does: he doesn’t play for their team…

      • eugenesaxe1 - Jan 29, 2014 at 8:38 PM

        So he thinks he deserves a personal audience? He can’t use email like us lower life-forms?

  14. philtration - Jan 28, 2014 at 9:21 PM

    You can “grow” the NBA by contracting it.
    Too many watered down rosters and too much sloppy play.

    Dump the teams where the fans do not support them.
    Keep only the very best players and let the rest play overseas or start using that 1 year college education that they never paid for.
    That goes for ALL professional sports leagues.

  15. tomtravis76 - Jan 28, 2014 at 9:32 PM

    LeBron seems like a pretty smart man. He is about building the LeBron brand. He does have a minor ownership stake in a futbol club in England. Every Olympics he plays in, gets him into homes of countries who might not have the chance to see him play live.

    It would be cool to see the champions of high level pro ball leagues play in a summer tournament each year to crown a World Champion.

  16. cantonbound13 - Jan 29, 2014 at 7:31 AM

    LeFlopper wants to make sure there are no changes to the drug testing procedure.

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