On Thursday night Jared Dudley surprisingly went blow for blow with LeBron James in the scoring column as the Heat beat the Suns.
Friday he provided a counter to LeBron once again, this time opposing the surprising comments James made Thursday night in Phoenix supporting contraction.
“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 [now].
“[Contraction] is not my job; I’m a player but that is why it, the league, was so great. Imagine if you could take Kevin Love off Minnesotaand 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. 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.”
And Dudley’s response:
“I was reading about what Lebron said on the concept of contraction, basically wanting the NBA to get back to the old days with great on good teams..Like the Pistons, lakers, bulls, and rockets.I disagree.I feel like maybe some teams should be moved!! But cutting teams I don’t like. In this league u don’t need necessarily great players to win.. How bout the Pistons with Billups,Prince,R.Wallace or the Heat with Wade an older Shaq, G.Payton and walker towards the end of their careers.. Lebron had a shot with Cleveland when he made it to the finals. U don’t need 3 or 4 superstars..U just need really 1 maybe 2 and a lot of great role players.The game has change let’s look forward not back.”
I would assume LeBron’s viewpoint was a very unpopular one amongst his union since he’s arguing for eliminating some of his colleagues’ jobs. The league surely would be more intriguing if a .500 team like the Suns could go out and add a Kevin Love for nothing and the competitive balance at the top would be even stiffer in such a scenario, but for a healthy league contraction should never be an option.
Obviously Fisher must comment on this since he’s the president, but it will be interesting to see if more players chime in along with JMZ.