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LeBron Backs Off Contraction After Avery Comment on Heat Trio

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MIkhail Prokhorov declined comment when asked about LeBron James' contraction remarks, but Avery Johnson didn't. Asked for his reaction to James' opinion that the NBA might be better off without the Nets and Timberwolves,  Johnson reponded, "Maybe the league would be better if we didn't have three stars on one team."

On Monday afternoon, asked about Johnson's remarks, James (sort of) retreated: "I didn't mean to upset nobody. I didn't tell Avery Johnson to leave, either. I just said, imagine if you take Kevin Love off Minnesota or Devin Harris or Brook Lopez (off the Nets), there's going to be better teams and the competition is rising.

"I didn't say let's abandon the Nets and not let them move to Brooklyn."

Johnson said Sunday that he left the team's meeting with James this past July believing the two-time MVP respected the Nets. After all, they do have the richest owner in the NBA and are moving to an $900 million arena in Brooklyn.  "We're going to Brooklyn. We're not going to contract," said Johnson, who added that he expects to speak with James about the insult next time they see each other.

  • LeBron, Heat, slammed by Avery Johnson over NBA contraction remarks - Stefan Bondy - New York Daily News
  • Contraction reaction: Avery says Nets here to stay - Al Iannazzone - The Record
  • LeBron backs off contraction after Nets coach responds - Marc Berman - New York Post
  • LeBron contraction talk is selfish, misguided - Peter Vecsey - New York Post
  • LeBron James backs off NBA 'contraction' talk - Colin Stephenson - Star-Ledger
  • Vocab lesson? LeBron James claims 'I had no idea what the word contraction meant' - Adam Caparell - New York Daily News
  • LeBron James: I never said I advocated contraction - Michael Wallace - ESPN
  • NBA contraction examined - John Hollinger - ESPN Insider
  • James clarifies remarks hinting at contraction - AP
  • LeBron James says he never suggested that the NBA should contract teams - Ethan J. Skolnick - Palm Beach Post
  • 'Contraction' isn't the only word LeBron doesn't understand - Bill Reiter - FOX Sports
  • Avery Johnson calls out LeBron James - ESPN New York
  • Nets coach fires back at LeBron's contraction idea: report - New York Post
  • Avery Johnson Responds to LeBron's Pro-Contraction Comments - FanHouse
  • Kevin Love brushes off LeBron James' contraction comments - AP
  • Timberwolves' Kevin Love says he appreciates LeBron James' compliment, but he likes it here - Ray Richardson - St. Paul Pioneer-Press
  • ‘King James’ continues to overestimate his place - Bob Frantz - San Francisco Examiner