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08:11 AM ET 12.27 | Avery Johnson isn't so keen on contraction, and he made his point by adding a dig at LeBron James' Big Three. Johnson did take exception to James' belief that the league would be better off without the Nets and Timberwolves. "I disagree," Johnson said Sunday. "Maybe the league would be better if we didn't have three stars on one team." Speaking to the media prior to Miami's game Thursday against the Phoenix Suns, James said the NBA was better in the 1980s when "three or four superstars were on one team." He singled out perennial bottom-feeders New Jersey and Minnesota as candidates for contraction.

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December 27, 2010  08:25 AM ET
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Nobody wants to hear Lebron speak.

I totally agree with Johnson but with all due respect Miami has only two stars not three because Bosh is nothing close to a franchise player.

December 27, 2010  08:27 AM ET

Well at least one coach will say what we were all thinking....

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December 27, 2010  08:34 AM ET
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Agreed. Bosh is pretty good and maybe even a lower level All Star but not a franchise player at all. I was thinking he just needed to muscle up and get stronger to play in the post but he says he's already tried that and it doesn't work for him. He will always be a tall stringy finesse player and not a banger.Personally I would love to see Bosh play for somebody like Phil Jackson. I think Phil would find the best way to use him.

Im sure he just thought really hard and clinched his fist that he wanted 15-20 pounds of more muscle and it didnt pop on him so he gave up....Similar to how he gave up in Toronto....

December 27, 2010  08:34 AM ET

I'm going to have to disagree with Avery on this one. Sometimes there are more than 3 stars on the same team. Heck even most of the championship teams have at least 5 stars on them. Take the Lakers for example. At the end of the day, every one knows the 5 starters including Fisher LOL. But like I said before, no way is the NBA gong to eliminate teams. They will loose too much money. Now move a team to a new market, thats different.

December 27, 2010  08:35 AM ET
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Agreed. Bosh is pretty good and maybe even a lower level All Star but not a franchise player at all. I was thinking he just needed to muscle up and get stronger to play in the post but he says he's already tried that and it doesn't work for him. He will always be a tall stringy finesse player and not a banger.Personally I would love to see Bosh play for somebody like Phil Jackson. I think Phil would find the best way to use him.

Only problem is Phil wouldn't pay that much to get Bosh.... he's not an elite player to be making the same money Wade makes.

December 27, 2010  08:35 AM ET
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If the nets could have gotten Boozer, Melo and whoever else they would.So Johnson is being a hypocrite.

Well not really being a hypocrite since they dont already have 1 or 2 "super" stars on that team....

December 27, 2010  08:36 AM ET
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Nobody wants to hear Lebron speak.

Agreed, he needs to shut up and play b-ball at this point. His stock continues to decline!

December 27, 2010  08:36 AM ET
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I'm going to have to disagree with Avery on this one. Sometimes there are more than 3 stars on the same team. Heck even most of the championship teams have at least 5 stars on them. Take the Lakers for example. At the end of the day, every one knows the 5 starters including Fisher LOL. But like I said before, no way is the NBA gong to eliminate teams. They will loose too much money. Now move a team to a new market, thats different.

uh Im sorry but Fisher, Barnes, Artest, Bynum are NOT stars....They are good players but not TOP tier stars....

December 27, 2010  08:38 AM ET
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Only problem is Phil wouldn't pay that much to get Bosh.... he's not an elite player to be making the same money Wade makes.

I didn't even know Phil makes decisions like that! He needs to run the Cavs or something. Sensing GM is in his future!

December 27, 2010  08:39 AM ET
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uh Im sorry but Fisher, Barnes, Artest, Bynum are NOT stars....They are good players but not TOP tier stars....

That might be true, those playeres are the ones people will talk about because they keep winning championships.

December 27, 2010  08:41 AM ET

Oh what a weekend...The C's, Spurs, Lakers, and Chicago all lost....

December 27, 2010  08:42 AM ET
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That might be true, those playeres are the ones people will talk about because they keep winning championships.

No...Im sorry my friends and i dont sit around and talk about Fisher...Unless its this statement "Lord Fisher is slow and just got **** the dribble AGAIN!!!!"

There is a difference from being a role player on a winning team and a "SUPER" star....

December 27, 2010  08:43 AM ET
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No...Im sorry my friends and i dont sit around and talk about Fisher...Unless its this statement "Lord Fisher is slow and just got **** the dribble AGAIN!!!!"There is a difference from being a role player on a winning team and a "SUPER" star....

you cant put beattttt

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December 27, 2010  08:44 AM ET
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Of COURSE LeBron would feel this way, as it takes the pressure to perform off his heavily tattooed shoulders.The more he speaks, the more he shows how much he lacks in being a TRUE leader.Don't get me wrong; great player, but no leader.As for spouting off about which teams the league should keep, a suggestion;Don't trouble yourself trying to think, you're paid to play ball.Leave the thinking to the guys in the suits.

And just think if the team didnt have all those bottom feeders than the Heat wouldnt have that many wins...

 
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