I'm all for contraction and LA itself has a team that's never won and could go. Simply put the talent level is too thin to cover 30 teams which is why you have some lottery teams who don't improve. Their 2nd pick could come higher without 5 teams. The NBA is a watered-down league. I can't add Bobcats to the list because Larry Brown finally has that team on the road to improvement. Other teams besides the Clippers that should be axed - Grizzlies, Thunder (though with Durant we are stuck with the worst sounding team)Hornets (especially if CP3 leaves), Toronto (every superstar who was there wanted out ASAP - location location location)Nets - though that isn't happening because of their move to a bigger NY market coming soon, Wizards - this team hasn't done anything since the 70's, Kings - outside of Webber's best years this team has been a joke, but their crowd is enthusiastic. Wonder why Stern wants the team to move? Warriors - Sorry but they haven't been respectable since the Chamberlain and Barry days.
Figuring that certain teams won't be axed due to location I have to take Clippers & Nets off the list. I'm all in favor of cutting back to 25 teams so the talent-level will be more even (especially now that superstars can control where they go, even if under contract ala KG (during his Twolves days,Carmelo etc).
The lower half of the NBA desperately needs help especially the smaller markets who can't compete with the warm climate attractions (LA, Phoenix, Florida, Texas). Also a much harder salary cap needs to be put into effect to even the odds. Keep the Larry Bird rights (or franchise player rights) for 1-2 players at most and the rest is fair-game. Make contracts based more on production like with any job - the better a player does whether it's getting the team more wins or stats it's a win-win situation. Why should players get bonuses without improvement?
Also quit micro-managing the league! More techs will result in more free-throws - slowing down the game. Player complaints are unattractive but techs will only further create stoppage of play. Hit the players where it hurts - their pockets. I'm not saying all this out of jealousy or anything, I love the NBA when it works right, but Stern has done a lot to take the fire out of the game. I understand techs are to protect players but it also harms the rivalry aspect of teams not name Boston or Lakers.