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LeBron James Wants to Meet with New Commissioner Adam Silver to Improve NBA

NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 05: (L-R)  Mark Ford, 2012 Sportsman of the Year LeBron James and Adam Silver attend the 2012 Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year award presentation at Espace on December 5, 2012 in New York City.  (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)
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Adam FromalNational NBA Featured ColumnistJanuary 28, 2014

LeBron James and Adam Silver, the soon-to-be commissioner of the NBA, might be one heck of a team going forward. After all, the league's reigning MVP has some ideas for the man replacing David Stern. 

"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."

Nov 8, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA;  NBA commissioner David Stern speaks to the media prior to a game between the New Orleans Pelicans and the Los Angeles Lakers at New Orleans Arena. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports
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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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