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  1. Study says 22 other cities could support an NBA team

    Aug 19, 2011, 7:14 PM EDT

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    Contraction? Why are we talking about contraction? (Well, we’re talking about it because it’s good bargaining leverage so David Stern keeps it alive. But that’s another issue for another day.) For all the trouble the NBA is having in New Orleans and the threats of moving from Sacramento, there are plenty of other cities that…

  2. Phil Jackson is also for contraction, small-market man that he is

    Jan 22, 2011, 7:30 PM EDT

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    Phil Jackson decided to back up his girlfriend, which is a smart thing to do as she’s also the daughter of his boss and, you know, his girlfriend. Even less surprising is that he’s backing up his girlfriend by burying small markets, in which he’s never had to achieve success. “I think that’s what the…

  3. Lakers’ Jeanie Buss will not rule out contraction

    Jan 20, 2011, 8:15 PM EDT

    Jeanie Buss

    Contraction talk has become the cockroach of the Collective Bargaining Agreement talks — it will not die. No matter what. This time it was Lakers Vice President Jeanie Buss. Yes, she also shacks up with some guy named Phil Jackson, but make no mistake she runs the business end of the Lakers and is the…

  4. Rudy Gay offers more honest take on contraction

    Dec 28, 2010, 3:32 PM EDT

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    LeBron James came off as full of fertilizer — first he talks about how cool it would be if you could “shrink the league.” Then when that sparked a debate about contraction he said he didn’t even know what the word contraction meant. As Kelly Dwyer said so well at Ball Don’t Lie, contraction means…

  5. LeBron says he never supported contraction

    Dec 27, 2010, 5:29 PM EDT

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    When LeBron James recently said that he believes the league’s talent level has become “watered down,” and illustrated his point by asking people to imagine what the league would look like if the best players from the Timberwolves and Nets were distributed among the rest of the teams in the NBA. Although LeBron did say…

  6. LeBron suggests contraction might not be a bad thing

    Dec 24, 2010, 9:31 AM EDT

    Dwyane Wade, LeBron James

    LeBron James never actually used the word contraction. But that is how it came off when he talked about three big name players in Miami being good for the sport, how a game against the Lakers was a reminder of better times. “How can it be bad for basketball when you have guys who want…

  7. Talk of European expansion at the same time as contraction here? Vintage David Stern.

    Oct 30, 2010, 9:55 PM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Los Angeles Lakers

    It is always fun to hear Stern spin. He is a master. His skill and bouncing between fanciful positives and exaggerated negatives never ceases to amaze. The guy is better than any politician. The latest example is Stern traveling to NBA cities everywhere, talking to the media and never backing off the idea of contracting…

  8. Winderman: Contraction not a bad idea, just bad negotiations

    Oct 28, 2010, 7:43 PM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Los Angeles Lakers

    Contraction as collective-bargaining threat is lamentable on so many levels. In does little to advance the process, offers a solution to nothing. But contraction as a means toward competitive renewal? It is an option that should not be summarily dismissed, albeit one better debated at a time other than amid the expiration of a CBA.…

  9. David Stern talks contraction: We’re not that serious, but we’re going to talk about it anyway.

    Oct 22, 2010, 4:29 PM EDT

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    One David Stern quote from his conference call with the media Friday showed just how of two minds the league is on the idea of contraction (folding one or more struggling franchises). “The issue of contraction is one that has to be asked as part of negotiation with players…” Stern said. “But if there are…

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