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David Stern Nixes Lakers, Chris Paul Trade for Basketball Reasons

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The NBA has vetoed the trade that would have sent Chris Paul to the Los Angeles Lakers, and in the process, sent a message to the rest of the league. Throughout the labor situation, the owners and league executives constantly preached for competitive balance and did not want major markets to have the best chance of winning championships. Ironically, a major market team was about to become even better the day the new CBA was ratified.

Just as the Lakers were about to add Chris Paul and make a push for Dwight Howard, the league intervened and killed the deal. According to the the NBA’s spokesperson, the trade was vetoed because of basketball reasons. However, David Stern and his staff have no power over what teams trade away. The Lakers got Pau Gasol in a deal for sub-par players, but the league did not do anything that time.

Although Stern and Silver want competitive balance in the league, that situation is impossible. There can never be 30 title contenders in the NBA, there will always be bad teams and talented teams. For that reason they have no right to concern themselves in a trade between two franchises. If the Lakers and Hornets agree on a trade including Chris Paul, so be it. If Chris Paul wants to leave New Orleans for Los Angeles, so be it.

This move was clearly not made because of basketball related issues. The league cannot accept the fact that another superstar is set to leave a small market and it is trying the best it can to please the owners. Stern wants to protect the franchises and fans in cities like New Orleans, but he has no right to ruin the future of the Lakers and Paul in the process.

Chris Paul is doing all the right things right now by essentially ‘protesting’ the decision. Paul has contacted Billy Hunter and the NBPA will use its legal powers to make the trade go through. In addition, Paul will not be attending Hornets’ training camp which will begin on Friday.

The NBA took a major hit today. After happiness besieged the city and another story line was added which would have increased the league’s popularity, Stern once again killed the party. Chris Paul could have seen his dream come true by joining the Lakers, but Stern and his staff were more concerned with protecting the owners.

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  • http://www.facebook.com Christian Garcia

    But he let’s Lebron James leave Cleveland, leaving them nothing? Pathetic.

  • Edgar

    That’s stupid their bunch of haters

    • Chris

      the’re not their, go back to school

      • Crystal

        They’re not the’re

  • omarP

    The league did nothing when Miami put together the SUPER TEAM,but when we do it,it’s a problem

  • craig slagowski

    The NBA owners went all “Occupy” on us tonight and whined to the Puppet Master Stern… they killed a free-market trade in which every team involved was able fill holes in their respective rosters. UNBELIEVABLE that the world has come to this… a player should always determine where he wants to play, teams should be able to pursue players they find attractive. If Lebron can move to Miami to play with Wade, then Paul should be able to play with Kobe…I know Lebron was a free agent when he made that hideous info-mercial and Paul won’t be until the end of this season, but at least with a TRADE the Hornets get SOMETHING (no slouches either, by the way…) Now, because of the meddling of Stern and the Occupy Wah-Wah Owners who are mad that they don’t have what other teams do, Paul will simply walk away from the Hornets at the end of the season, just like Lebron did in Cleveland…and the Hornets will get NOTHING in return… and this is how the NBA runs, (or should I say ruins) the only league owned franchise? Unbelievable!!! I say contract small market teams that drain revenue and place those players in markets where people actually care.

    I am stepping off my soapbox regarding what many consider a completely meaningless topic (for now…) but let me just say in closing that I feel the ills of the world and everything that is wrong with it just crept into my favorite sports league and effected the only team I care about and I want to punch Stern so hard I can taste it. I.AM.OUT!!

  • Hector

    fuck stern, he is just mad that the lakers are smart at making good moves, especially when it comes to big men! he is just afraid that the lakers will also get dwight howard and create there own big 3!

  • http://www.lakersnation.com/david-stern-nixes-lakers-chris-paul-trade-for-basketball-reasons/2011/12/08/ TheLakerskb

    Dude we all know David wants to see his son lebron to win I don’t hate lebron but David stern just sucks his cock all day this is really upsetting

  • kendricc Payton

    just sit out then go to la all u got to do

  • Brandon lakers

    So now chandler can’t go to knicks or chris paul, battier can’t go to miami to many stars!.. Not going to happen. NBA ALLOWING ONE START PER TEAM… NBA & STERN IS A JOKE GO BACK TO THE LOCKOUT PLZ DUMB**

  • kendricc Payton

    free agent next year

  • Edwin samtacruz

    This is unfair! We can’t be babying other teams because they don’t have enough money. The future of these guys are more important. If CP3 can’t go to the lakers does this mean he can’t go to any other team!? How would that be fair!? This is such bs! First the lock out and now this! The players should have a say to where they would like to go! They are the ones who make the NBA! We watch the NBA because of the players not because of the owners! Nothing will ever be balanced perfectly! Thats just life! Stern get your head out of your ass and stop being so anal about this trade! If the lakers have the money to pay for trades and chris Paul and Dwight want to join them, then so be it! Don’t hate!

  • hillot

    That’s not fair at all. I mean like at Miami and their “big 3″. let the lakers do what they want. Stern has no business interfering. He needs to keep his nose out of other teams business.

  • arsh

    this is unfair david stern u a bitch somebody by the hornets please!!!

  • Dollah Billya

    Fuck you puto Stern!!!!

  • Tigger P

    What’s crazy is that all the owners of the other 29 teams own the hornets but no other small market team made a bid for Chris Paul…They had no one to try and trade and give up for him. The other “big market” team, the Nicks didn’t want to give up anything to pick up cp3 so the best chance Hornets had to get something was a big man and some draft picks, now he can just leave after 66 games and no playoffs to go anywhere and nothing for Hornets, just like ‘bron…so in act of trying to save a small market they hurt it in the near future…just my thoughts :/

  • die hard laker

    Im done with the nba the lockout prove that its not about the game its about the money and what the mob and government want my love for the game is no longer there
    Thank you david stern for showing me the truth fuck you

  • Kushman

    Wow, FUCK Stern, I knew it was to good to be true. Someone sue this dum fuck already!

  • Really?

    So let me get this right…..Boston could form their big 3, Miami formed theirs. New York now has Carmello, Amare and Tyson Chandler, but the Lakers can’t add Chris Paul??? After dealing with a lock out for this long, you kill a trade that could bring back a lot of excitement to the people who have had enough of this league. Why? Because a few of your owners are whining because the GMs they hired havent been able to do anything in the past as far as trades and signings go? Is LeBron scared of waiting too long at another chance for a championship? Seems like a little conflict of interest to veto a trade for the benefit of the league, that will keep the league owned teams best player on their roster. You want ratings? fans? money? Keep out of it and let the teams trade as they wish. I’m glad Paul is protesting and wish the best of luck that they can force this to go through.

  • http://www.facebook.com Kalvin Gantt

    I say that they were Jelous because of the team it was going to be , championship calibor team all the way they were going to have everything that they needed Kobe needs help clearly proved it last season Chris Paul and Dwight Howard are the ultimate clash for Kobe and the lakers fix it lets have Cp3 and Dwight Howard

  • nick

    This is sad… honestly the hornets made out sweet! in baseball terms a superstar for top prospects.

  • http://facebook alex herrera

    re read the part where he said they dont want any franchise having more then 30 titles,and he doesnt want teams winning championships….mavs vs lakers?? any true laker fan gets where i am going , hes a sack of shit and told jackson to get swept . who in the fucking world thinks lakers will lose to the mavs after having a 4-2 season ???

  • Darryl

    Wow. Miami did it. Nobody says a thing. Hating asses

  • Mark

    this is so disappointing…mark cuban is very because he is affraid that OUR(LakersNation) team(Lakers) might get to the finals this season and not his Mavericks and get eliminated and could not defend their Chapionship..SHUT Up mark cuban… and for you D.Stern, let the deal push through!!!!!

    • Johnnie Simmons

      Lebrons contract was up and that made the difference. Chris Paul signed a contract with the Hornets to play until the end of this season . Make these players stick to their contract. Just because your team is losing one should not be able to walk until their contract is complete. baring any unforeseen extenuating circumstances.

      • Justin

        CP is not “walking” before his contract is up. He has just stated that he will not sign an extension. Meaning that Hornets have to try to trade him before the deadline or risk coming up empty handed just like Cleveland. Players nowadays are much smarter and are realizing how they can to a degree, control their future. CP said he would’t sign an extension with LAC or GS taking those teams out of the running. While I understand Sterns intent, blocking this trade now will actually end up hurting the team that he’s trying to help.

  • Mark

    this is so disappointing…mark cuban is very VOCAL because he is affraid that OUR(LakersNation) team(Lakers) might get to the finals this season and not his Mavericks and get eliminated and could not defend their Chapionship..SHUT Up mark cuban… and for you D.Stern, let the deal push through!!!!

  • NKB

    I agree with the sentiment that Stern has no place veto-ing perfectly legitimate trades, but from a basketball perspective, I’m not convinved CP3 is better for the lakers than a pau-odom combo. Pau-odom compliment Kobe a LOT better than CP3. CP3′s speciality is working in a pick and roll or pick and pop scenario, neither of which Kobe thrives in. Kobe works great in isolation, but is not a great spot shooter. Besides Paul being a bigger name, why are you so convinced that this trade makes the Lakers better at all?

    • Justin

      Because the PG position has been the Lakers weak point for the last couple of seasons. I like D-Fish, but they need a better PG and CP does that. But I agree with you about losing Pau and Odom.

  • Richard C.

    Why is everyone so surprise David Stern as always fucked the fans. They should start lowering the price for an NBA ticket because at this rate know one is going to care.

  • Mike T

    F U David Stern! Basketball Reasons? What? This wasn’t Kwame Brown for Pau Gasol. If you ever were gonna kill a deal for basketball reasons that was the one to do it with. This was Freakin Pau Gasol and Odom for Chris Paul. Two legit 7 footers with all star level skills for one awesome point guard. If this trade wasn’t fair for all parties, and in my estimation the Lakers paid a little too much for Paul, but being a big market team, people squeeze a little more out of you to make a deal, and the League doesn’t like this deal? What are you waiting for now? Luke Walton to get thrown in? The clips to offer Blake Griffin? the bulls to offer derrick rose? F U, I hope all you get for nixing this deal, is Paul walking and leaving you with nothing, or you eventually trade him for two conditional second round picks, you nutless bastard. NBA where the KKK happens!

  • http://Google Bryant Recinos

    Omfg I am soo pissed off and im sure all laker fans are and this is so unfair david stern is a hater miami celtics knicks and lets not forget about the teams with bigthrees in the past and now david stern says no you cant do that to cp3 & the lakes this is unfair its wrong sterns gotta go!

  • http://Google Bryant Recinos

    Omfg I am soo angry and im sure all laker fans are and this is so unfair david stern is a hater miami celtics knicks and lets not forget about the teams with bigthrees in the past and now david stern says no you cant do that to cp3 & the lakes this is unfair its wrong sterns gotta go!

  • http://Google Bryant Recinos

    Omg I am soo angry and im sure all laker fans are and this is so unfair david stern is a hater miami celtics knicks and lets not forget about the teams with bigthrees in the past and now david stern says no you cant do that to cp3 & the lakes this is unfair its wrong sterns gotta go!

  • Dan Theman

    So we give up Gasol and Odom for one player and Stern decides thats too one sided?

    • Justin

      Exactly!

  • Boi

    If the busses have some self respect like we all know they have

    They should retire the lakers from the nba.

    Let’s see how the league does without the Lakers , Kobe
    And the major markets

    Stern is an idiot !!!!!

  • SValentine

    Well now CP can’t get traded to anyone until new management is in place and all is right in the world. Everyone is happy & excited about the new season now that balance is restored. Stern & the other owners are so smart, they get to keep their franchise player right where he is. Sure it’s only for a year & you pissed him so much he might sue & refuses to practice, but they stuck to their guns! & who cares when he leaves in a year & they get nothing. They took a stand & showed how much the NBA cares… About money. Thanks for clarifying Gilbert! I didn’t realize that money & basketball reasons were synonymous. Besides I’m sure someone is rushing right now, checkbook in hand to buy the team now that you’ve pissed off CP to the point of no return & ensured that the rest of the league can lowball their trade offers for him now. Great job!

  • Enrique

    This is unconstitutional. Players are not slaves. This is not the American dream. Is bad for owners too. If they don’t trade now is going to leave em empty hand. Players have dreams and are going to leave anyway. And who to said you are not good enough so go to are qualified to follow your dream. Stupid, stupid in all levels and angles. Pinche gente tonta. Dumb- ass the movie can’t match David ignorance.

  • cboldhappy

    It seems like a legit deal, Lakers are giving up there a lot of their frontcourt. Plus Hornets are going to lose paul after this season so might as well get some decent players for him while they can.

  • Justin

    They are only postponing the inevitable. They can block the trade all they want now. CP will be a Laker next season. If he was really concerned about the small market teams he would let them at least get something in return. Now if CP waits until next season the Hornets lose him and any potential players they could have gotten. Additionally, the Lakers were building a trade packeage around Pao Gasol, who last time I checked is a very good big man. If the Lakers didn’t have him they would not have won those last 2 championships. I personally don’t see how the Hornets wouldn’t still be competitive.

  • Firetraumaguy

    Someones feelings get hurt cause they didn’t get a fair shot to get a good player?? We have to make all of the teams as equal as possible?? Are you going to start handing out plaques and little plastic trophies for last place, best attitude, and team spirit. Stern you tryin to swing your little pecker around!? Just stick to handing over the championship trophy and announcing the MVP.

  • Rob

    Wait a minute…aren’t you all part of the 99%? Shouldn’t you be AGAINST this trade? Come on, after all it’s the “rich getting richer” on the back of the “middle class” Hornets…Or is it simply that in this particular case it doesn’t server your purposes?

  • The Iceman

    Stern Is a Knucklehead.He think that he can be the RULER ova the League.All of the Commissioners in the four sports NBA,NFL,MLB,,and NHL need to take a long walk on a short Pier.They are all CLOWNS!!

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