¨somebody stop me!¨ – the Mask
Basketball fans the world over went gaga minutes after the mega deal that would have sent Chris Paul to the Lakers went viral. laker fans of course were grinning from ear to ear taking to twitter and facebook claiming this will be the year Kobe matches Jordan’s six championship rings while waiting on another trade rumor that would have Andrew Bynum sent to the Magic for Superman Dwight Howard couple of hours later, David Stern, NBA commish, vetoes the deal, and now it leaves the Rockets and lakers team chemistry in shambles. now what?
Ever since the lockout ended teams were queuing up to talk to the hornets whose superstar point guard announced a desire to be traded as he will not re-sign with them when his contract expires next year. both big market and small market teams tried pitching offers to general manager Dell Demps of the NBA owned franchise.
the catch for trading the most sought after point guard in free agency would have been immense for the Hornets, maybe even making them a playoff team this season. under terms of the deal they would have netted Lamar Odom, Luis Scola, Kevin Martin and Goran Dragic and a 2012 first round pick from the rockets while the rockets would get spanish softie, i mean, spanish sensation Pau Gasol. For the hornets, that’s 3 starters, a 6th Man and a future blue chip rookie. i mean come on, is anyone really expecting the
rockets to make the playoffs this year? Now why would David Stern torpedo that deal? The lockout happened because the owners and stern supposedly wanted more leverage for small market teams and protect them from having their superstars dictate where they want to go. think heatles to Miami and Melo to New York. now those were deals wherein the small market teams like Cleveland and Denver got almost nothing in return, rightup there with Pau Gasol for Kwame Brown. this deal was an awesome deal for the hornets but essentially Stern declared that the Hornets would be better served with CP3 playing out the year in a hornets uniform then bolting when he hits next years free agency. the Hornets will be left holding an empty bag with nothing to show for it. how in fuckin hell Stern sees this as an unfair trade is beyond me.
David Stern has always had his way, but this time, everyone except for Cavs owner Dan Gilbert seems to think he has gone too far.
David Stern seems to be applying rules arbitrarily here and there. even with the resumption of talks between the three teams, whats gonna happen now? will a new deal be acceptable to commissioner asshole? and what if a different team offers a different trade and Stern accepts that, wouldn’t it set a dangerous precedent? that the league shows favoritism? that the league is fixed and held by puppet strings that lead back to the commissioners office? its like he’s playing fantasy basketball or something. where were all these rules when Miami was in a nuclear arms race to get lebron and bosh to play with wade? It seems that the NBA still thinks that selling merchandise of a superstar Chris Paul’s status is more important for the hornets rather than a glut of new faces that would take the team to the playoffs for years.
Its unfair to the teams and players involved. imagine being Pau Gasol or any one of those players in the aborted trade, how would you feel going to practice for a team that you have helped for years now knowing they actually wanted to send you off yesterday? yes trades are a part of business in professional sports, but this has most probably destroyed team chemistry, Houston and the Lakers will do their best to fix this mess, even as it was not of their making. there is now a breach of trust that furthers the divide between players and owners caused by Stern’s lockout. David stern is to be blamed. but obstinate as he is, he won’t do a thing, just twiddle his thumbs and wait for his paycheck. somebody kick him to the curb.