By contrast, Battier said it could come down to contenders weighing contention vs. salary, the way many on the Heat roster did during their most recent contract negotiations, James, Wade and Bosh included.
** "Unless you have ultimate sacrifice like this team did, it's very difficult to get a Big Three anymore," he said.
** Or, for that matter, get the complementary pieces needed to support such a Big Three.
** But, again, he turned to the greater good, where the Raptors can rebrand themselves with Rudy Gay, where the Rockets can rise from the ashes of the Yao Ming era with a James Harden.
** "I don't mind that," Battier said. "I don't mind seeing a more robust league. That's what the CBA was designed to do."
** To Battier, the CBA didn't fail Memphis or Oklahoma City. He said that still, ultimately, comes down to players and management.
*** "The CBA was designed to disburse talent, regardless of market," he said. "You could still keep that team together; it's gonna cost you. So how bad do you want to win a championship?
** "And that's a question only an owner can answer."