Not five, not six, not seven…not Championships for the Miami Heat, but years without a Cleveland Basketball team.
Think LeBron James is the villain now? Imagine if the NBA removed the Cleveland Cavaliers from the city of Cleveland.
The NBA is talking contraction and what if “the decision” of LeBron to take his talents to South Beach left the Cavs out in the cold without an NBA team?
The “super” team aspect has caused complete chaos as the joining of LeBron James, Dyane Wade and Chris Bosh has caused a perfect storm on the shore of Miami.
After all, this is what commissioner David Stern wanted. The NBA is about to become as popular as it once was with Michael Jordan. Let’s not forget there was a time where the NBA was right on the heels of the NFL, and while the NFL has exploded the NBA imploded.
NBA Commissioner David Stern finished two days of meetings with league owners and stated that that the owners are in a “diseconomic situation,” with projected league-wide losses of about $340 million to $350 million this season.
In order to somehow combat these losses, Stern has said that the NBA is currently looking to reduce player costs by $750 million to $800 million.
Another option would be contraction. According to Stern, the NBA is open to it.With the NBA players joining forces and making these “super” teams, the NBA’s timing of contraction talk could be just smoke screens and mirrors to scare owners who are not pulling in a profit. But if it becomes a reality, could Cleveland be one of them?
More than half of the NBA teams are currently forcasted to lose money this season and there are a number that could be contracted including Memphis, Sacramento and Charlotte.
The absence of LeBron James has undoubtedly reduced the number of tickets bought which will also effect the concessions and jersey sales and in time the Cavs could become one of many NBA teams struggling to survive.
Think LeBron is hated by Cleveland now, wait ’till he is winning championships and Cleveland is losing a basketball team.