"Hopefully I can sit down with the commish and just throw out some ideas where I hope the league can be better," he told ESPN's Brian Windhorst. James continued, "It's not a major change, but the game can always be bigger. There's a lot of people who love the game who can't watch the game, so hopefully we can [expand it]."
There's no telling what kind of ideas he has, though.
Perhaps he wants to reduce the flopping fines?
All kidding aside, LeBron has always made an effort to support the NBA whenever possible. He's been a tremendous ambassador for the game, and it's a safe assumption that the ideas he has would actually make a positive impact.
Bring back hand checks? Employ quicker replays? Allow coaches to have challenges? Stop using Hack-a-Player strategies?
The NBA is already a great product, but it could get even better.
"David (Stern) has been great. Obviously we had a lockout, but at the end of the day the players want more and the owners want more and we all want more," James espoused to Windhorst. "You can't knock what David has done. He came in in the '80s and built the game into what it is today. Can you name a commissioner who is better than him and what he's done? I don't think so."
For all the flak that Stern takes for some of his more controversial decisions, for all the boos he draws during the NBA draft, and for all the smug interviews he gives while bathing in the vitriol aimed in his general direction, the man really has done a fantastic job growing the NBA.
Could Silver be any better?
Hopefully he will be, especially since he enters the job with the league in such great shape. As Mitch Lawrence of the New York Daily News writes, "Already, industry experts say that the next (TV) deal will top the current one that pays the league $930 million annually. That’s how popular the NBA is, only two full seasons removed from its last acrimonious lockout of its 450 players."
And it's only going to get more popular as the young superstars in the NBA continue growing. After all, Silver has LeBron's help.
Here's hoping the Miami Heat forward's ideas are great ones.
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