LeBron James and Erik Spoelstra are still on the same page about some things. 

James echoed his former Heat coach Wednesday when he said that a shorter NBA regular season would be better than shorter games.

"The minutes doesn't mean anything. We can play 50-minute games if we had to. It's just the games. We all as players think it's too many games," James told reporters in Cincinnati, where the Cavaliers took on the Pacers in a normal-length exhibition. "In our season, 82 games is a lot. But it's not the minutes. . . .

"Once you go out and play on the floor, it don't matter if you play 22 minutes — like I may be playing tonight — or you're playing 40 minutes," James continued, according to ESPN.com. "Once you play, it takes a toll on your body. So it's not lessening the minutes, I think it's the games." (James played 24 minutes Wednesday.)

Spoelstra made a similar point after the NBA announced it would shorten Sunday's Celtics-Nets exh

ibition to 44 minutes.

James, who has taken a greater interest in labor issues the past few years, said the schedule should be a topic of conversation and perhaps negotiation.

"It's something that we definitely will have to sit down and try (to) figure out if that's the case, that may happen," James said, according to ESPN.com. "Obviously I don't know the numbers right off the top of my head, but that would create less revenue. We all know that without even seeing the books that less games, less concession stands and less selling of tickets and all of that.

"But at the end of the day, we want to protect the prize and the prize is the players. We have to continue to promote the game, and if guys are being injured because there are so many games, we can't promote it at a high level."

Yeah, try telling owners that they have to give up a half-dozen or so home games.

It's not just James saying the schedule is too big, though. Mavericks superstar Dirk Nowitzki feels that way, too, although he's more focused on getting rid of back-to-backs. He's not as hopeful something will be done.

"I don't think it's good for the product, but I also understand that 82 games is where it's at. It's a business, and everybody's got to live with it," the Mavericks forward said, per ESPN.com.