Friday, January 21st, 2011 at 11:30 am  |  50 responses

Jeanie Buss: ‘Contraction is Something We Have to Consider’

Assuming she knows what the word “contraction” means, the Lakers‘ high-profile executive thinks it’s something the NBA has to seriously consider going forward. From the WSJ: “The position has given Ms. Buss a new and unique perspective on the financial future of the a league that includes numerous teams losing tens of millions of dollars and one, the New Orleans Hornets, which the NBA had to take over last year after its owner could no longer cover the franchise’s losses. As a result, Ms. Buss even mentioned in an interview with the Journal that the NBA should consider getting smaller by folding some of its weaker franchises in poorly performing markets. ‘I would hate to see us lose teams, but I think contraction is something we have to consider,’ Ms. Buss said. “We may be in some markets we shouldn’t be in.’ In a sign of what Ms. Buss will be in for over the coming months, an official with the the NBA’s players union seized on her statements and said the issue of contraction was ‘clearly dividing the owners.’ ‘If the owners are not on the same page it will make it that much more difficult to get a collective bargaining agreement,’ the official said.”

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  • tRay

    SMH Phil just put your d*ck in her mouth so she can shut up already.

  • Fboy

    Every team without a superstar like Erik Dampier should consider disappearing

  • http://sdfjklf.com Jukai

    My take on this: Jeanie Buss is sleeping with Lebron James

  • http://valleyofthesuns.com/2011/01/07/amare-stoudemire-same-player-advanced-stats/ nbk

    she literally has no idea – just because she witnissed things everyone else witnissed does not make her opinion relevant. Maybe if she said, someone more important like Dr. Buss said this, then it would matter.

  • http://valleyofthesuns.com/2011/01/07/amare-stoudemire-same-player-advanced-stats/ nbk


  • http://twitter.com/BeezKneezy LA Huey

    Merge the Hornets and the Bobcats in Charlotte.

  • JTaylor21

    Where are all the same fans that were mad when LeBron said the same thing? the b*tch is right.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/online/category/blogs/farmer-jones/ Ryan Jones

    I think Jukai is right, if only because that one guy from Clipse said something about sleeping with Jeanie Buss last year.

  • http://Slamonline.com Hossy

    Opinions are like @ssholes jeanie, even you have one

  • http://www.redraidersports.com Nicolas Fleming

    Get rid of the Utah Jazz, well at least make them give the name back to New Orleans. I think that might be the key to all of this.

  • michael

    so what cos she is with phil and is the owners daughter, none of what she said is correct?

  • Steven B

    The hornets are going to seattle.

  • MikeC.

    @Nicolas – I agree. We need to have some franchise-name-shuffling. At the end of the shuffling, I’d like to see “Charlotte Hornets”, “New Orleans Jazz”, “Utah Grizzlies” and “Memphis Bobcats”, renamed to “Memphis Blues”. All of those names make sense for the city or region that they play in, assuming there are grizzly bears in Utah.
    Contraction, while not completely necessary, would be very interesting for the league. Think of the good teams that just need a little extra depth to become very good or great.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Nick Tha Quick

    Funny how some people on this site who have never been employed in any NBA front office, never been player/coach/management or an agent or have any direct business relation to the NBA besides being a fan, think that no one else including Lebron and Jeanie Buss should have an opinion about possible contraction. Unless you’re the president of the NBA couch fans association.

  • Brahsef

    Contract Toronto, Cleveland or Milwaukee, Charlotte, Minnesota, the Clips, and Memphis or New Orleans.

    For the most part each division has one poor ass franchise that could go. Obviously I’m treating this as a video game situation, but in the grand scheme of things those teams have terrible basketball markets or are terrible franchises.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Why would you use that word to describe this woman in this situation?
    That’s crazy.

  • http://Www.nba.com Gman

    Toronto has been a top selling team regardless of record. Dont talk out of ur @ss

  • Brahsef

    ^ Gman
    Good call, def talkin out of my ass a bit. Toronto doesn’t deserve to be there. Charlotte and New Orleans are the two main teams I could see for contraction realistically if such a thing would happen.

  • Gman

    maybe. I would def feel bad for the players.
    Maybe Jordan will do another comeback for ticket sales…? lol

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    LOL @ whoever thinks Toronto should be contracted. Toronto is a better city than almost any other NBA city–just because it’s in Canada (some stupid) Americans think it’s Indiana.

  • Tsenguunb

    Yeah. Canadas team shoulnt contract. They make a lot of money.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Misogynists are the worst kinds of people.

  • http://www.need4sheed.com Tarzan Cooper

    I cant wai for all this to be done

  • http://google c_cantrell

    its hilarious to see that some of the above ppl are agreeing with ms.buss while the same ppl bashed lebron for saying the same thing

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    This is why people h@te corporations. A lot of people make their living from the teams they work for, and not just the players–everybody. Contraction will result in a massive load of unemployed people, not to mention the simple fact that NO fan wants his/her team to be taken from their city. Just ask Seattle… The only fans in favor of contraction are the ones whose favorite teams are the usual bandwagon 3.
    It really p!sses me off that LeBron and Jeanie Buss would speak so casually about ruining the livelihoods of so many people. Oh yeah, not to mention that THE NBA ISN’T EVEN LOSING MONEY.

  • http://www.redraidersports.com Nicolas Fleming

    Teddy, you shouldn’t comment unless you have a strong opinion about all of this.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic


  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    Pregnant women and the NBA: Where contractions happen.

  • http://slamonline.com tealish

    @cantrell — bashing LeBron for saying the same thing? What are you talking about? Dude backpeddled and retracted his statement. So in the end, he said nothing. He didn’t know what the word meant, he claims. Keep up, bro.

  • MikeC.

    One way to save one of the franchises on the potential chopping block would be for the league to relax on its “anti-Vegas” policy. The Hornets, Bobcats, or Kings could move to Vegas instead of being erased. Vegas has everything an NBA team needs to survive. The league could impose a rule saying that no bets can be made on any games involving the Vegas franchise. I don’t know how gambling laws work, but that makes sense to me. Doesn’t ‘The Las Vegas Kings’ have a nice ring to it?

  • MikeC.

    People need to stop saying the Raptors need to be contracted. Sure, they’re bad, but they have a rabid fanbase (not sure why) and an ownership group with deep pockets(majority owner is the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan $$$$$$). The Raptors are not the problem. Bad teams with low fan-support are the problem.

  • http://slamonline.com Ugh

    Firstly, the level of misogyny on here is amazing. You guys should see a counselor, and the Slam crew should moderate tRay’s unbelievably sexist comment out of existence. Secondly, contraction would be good for the league – not because of what LeBron said about multiple stars on one team, but because nobody gives a sh1t about the amazing number of terrible games the awful teams play day in day out. Not evens Kings or Cavs fans go to Kings vs Cavs games.

  • http://thetroyblot.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Ugh… @ Ugh’s comment, minus the first two sentences.

  • http://www.twitter.com/dfrance21 dfrance21

    I think they should look at contraction. It would make the league more competitive which would lead to better ratings and more fan involvement. You wouldn’t be able to predict the playoff teams every year. There wouldn’t be marginal players on scrub teams putting up gaudy numbers and signing huge contracts. I think it would do a lot of good for the NBA.

  • zoom

    This might be a re-post so sorry in advance if it is…. People comparing Lebron “I don’t know what contraction means” James to Jeanie Buss are off base. Lebron was basically advocating a loss of jobs for other members of his union during a labor dispute. Buss is an executive making this statement from the position of management. Not even close to being similar. I may not agree with her, but she has a right to her opinion. Seems like this woman being in her position bothers a few of you. Get over it. To all the idiots making comments about Buss being a b*tch and so on, grow the f*ck up. I realize that the majority of you are still LITTLE BOYS but the tRays and Jtaylors of this site need to seek help for their woman hate. Maybe it’s not such a good idea that SOME of you focus so much of your attention on the MEN of the NBA. When you couple that with the fact that you guys hold such low opinions of women it’s a little suspect.

  • michelle

    she wants to get rid of the Clippers and sign Blake Griffin and Eric Gordon

  • placeisoutofcontrol

    Slam, this site is a piece of trash. So now you are finally gonna start moderating but you can leave filth that the regulars post? I hope this place comes under cyber attack.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    The number of jobs created by nba teams is not that large. Nor are most of the jobs that well paying. Most of the front office people will get other gigs and the lower level pros probably already have secondary jobs because of the low pay. The people most hurt by contraction are players since older more expensive vets will lose gigs. However nobody is contracting. Typical franchise is worth $200 to $300 million. No owner is just going to abandon that investment paricularly not someone like jordan who just bought his team. They are more likely to move teams instead of contracting them.

  • Justin

    I think dfrance is right. They should look at it and for all the reasons he stated. There’s a reason people think the NBA of the 80′s/early 90′s was better basketball. It’s because the talent pool isn’t so diluted. A lot of those guys that wouldn’t be on NBA teams might be able to get jobs in Europe or wherever. They may also just have to resign themselves to the fact that they aren’t good enough to be in the league. However, I also believe Allenp is right (God that hurts to say) in that the league would rather move teams than contract them. How many more markets are out there though?

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Co-sign michelle.

  • http://slamonline.com Ugh

    I agree with michelle. And Teddy. ;)

  • Clydesays

    Really? Buss? Even if you give her the benefit of knowing what she’s talkig about, it’s hard to take her seriously. She was born into her job at one of the most successful franchises in one of the largest markets. The view from her throne must be nice.
    If fans are showing up and the franchise is making money, why would you consider contraction? I don’t think there is a lack of talent in the NBA, just a lack of smart ownership, gms and coaches.

  • Justin

    It’s not that there’s a lack of talent. There’s a lack of NBA talent. If some guy who would normally not make an NBA roster in a 24 team league, for example, is scoring on a guy who also wouldn’t be in the league then sure, he’s going to look like a good player and he’s going to start getting offered more money than he’s probably worth. That’s where the bad GM’s and owners come in. With all of these extra teams and extra players though, it makes for many more blowouts and bad games to watch. Sure you’ll have the occasional blowout, that just happens sometimes. But seemingly one every other night? That’s not good for the league at all.

  • hoodsnake

    She wants Kurt Rambis back and KLove thrown in

  • zoom

    @ Justin: If the current NBA talent pool is so diluted compared to the 80′s then why did two teams dominate nearly an entire decade? Those Celtics/Lakers teams were all stacked with talent. How many teams outside of them legitimately had a shot at the title back then? Like the NBA today, the league was top heavy back then. Any argument for contraction based on lack of depth or talent is false. If there is a lack of “NBA” worthy talent then you could say the enitre sport is on the decline since the NBA is the highest level at which the aport can be played. I disagree entirely but I’m just trying to point out how far you seem to be reaching to make your points.

  • Omar

    @ UGH and Teddy
    That’s because these boards are filled with underaged kids who don’t do anything but watch Sportscenter and an occaisonal game and think they’re some basketball savants. They don’t like women, something we always knew about JTaylor.

  • http://www.google.com/news BETCATS

    cosign LA Huey. Chris Paul/Jackson/Ariza/Wallace/Okafor for the lolz.

  • flipnoyce

    In every game there are winners and losers. Thats just how it works. Corporations on the other hand just wants to pile up their WINS/stocks which equals money. Now, many of you are arguing on which team needs to be contracted, the majority is saying that its the losing team that needs to go. Did it ever occur to anyone that if they make the prices of tickets more affordable maybe those stadium would be jam pack and not half empty. It’s not even the lack of talents in the League if anything there are plenty, its the players that makes money that shouldn’t have gotten it in the first place. And once those players get their mullah the first thing they do is get injure and then get lazy! All in all that leaves the team with no choice but trade this players and they’re back to Square ONE!!!

  • 2KInsider

    Let’s give LeBron a break. Someone said that to him and he was just forwarding it. He admits he has no idea what he is talking about.

  • unrel

    some of you are idiots for disrespectful comments