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“I’m not familiar with all the issues so it’s hard to take sides,’’ Cousy said last week. “But we’ve made a great life from playing a child’s game. I said all along that the football thing would be settled quickly because there was $9 billion on the table, and if you can’t split that up without coming to blows then there’s something wrong. So it’s always a little greed that takes hold here.’’
The NBA model, according to Cousy, may be flawed because the league’s popularity has not caught up with its growth.
“My sense from observing the scene is we may have overexpanded in some cities and we’ve watered down the product,’’ he said. “There are a lot of cities in the NBA, obviously, that are not doing well that have to compete with the Bostons and the LAs and the New Yorks, so there is an imbalance there and they’re going to have to figure it out and I think the players are going to have to make maybe some sacrifices.’’
Overexpanded and watered down are the key points. Is contraction still an option? Back in October, Czar Stern wanted it on the negotiating table. But I haven't heard it mentioned lately.
Pick one team (Toronto, Charlotte, New Orleans, Sacramento??) from each conference. The teams with the worst financials are out.
Sure the players union will balk at the notion of forfeiting 30 jobs, but it's a necessary evil. Take your medicine, swallow hard and move on.
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