- Associated Press - Thursday, December 23, 2010

PHOENIX (AP) - LeBron James thinks the NBA is watered down and hinted that contraction might not be a bad idea.

Speaking to reporters before Wednesday night’s game against the Phoenix Suns, James defended his decision to join Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh in Miami by saying the league was more popular in the 1980s because there were more teams with multiple star players.

The Heat play the two-time defending champion Los Angeles Lakers on Christmas Day in one of the season’s marquee games, but James said there could be more games like that during the season if there were fewer teams in the league, as in the ‘80s.

He also said it might be good for the NBA if players such as Minnesota’s Kevin Love or New Jersey’s Brook Lopez and Devin Harris could play for more successful teams.