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NBA Kills Chris Paul Trade
December 8th is a day that will live in infamy for Southern California sports fans. The day began with one of the most shocking headlines to ever come out of the baseball winter meetings, and that news was that arguably this generation's greatest player, Albert Pujols, had signed a $254 million dollar contract to play with the Los Angeles of Anaheim. While sports fans everywhere will still digesting the shocking move, news broke that the Los Angeles Lakers agreed in principle to acquire one of the league's best point guards in Chris Paul in a three-way trade that appeared to make every team involved better. The only problem was David Stern had to veto the trade for "basketball reasons".
This left our GPS tracker specialists curious to know what exactly were "basketball reasons", and why would they be the cause to kill what appeared to be a beneficial trade for all parties involved? Understanding what these "basketball reasons" are is important because they have now left a small collection of players angry at their teams, while also hurting those teams improve their squads.
Here Are Some Of The facts:
- One of the main reasons the NBA locked out players was because of small marker teams struggling to compete with large market teams.
- Dan Gilbert, the endless complainer, sent an email that was "leaked" to the media. The email stated the collective owners did not agree with the trade.
- Chris Paul, the main ingredient of the trade, will be a free agent in seven months. When he leaves (Paul stated he would not re-sign), the Hornets will get no compensation.
- Stern has not elaborated or identified what those "basketball reasons" were for his canceling of the season.
By canceling this trade, Stern has made an epic fail. He has basically made a move that not only hurts the Lakers, Rockets and Hornets, but he has done so without any justification whatsoever.
The NBA, in this GPS vehicle tracker expert's opinion, has always had the most questionable reputation of all other major sports. Fans can recall the draft lottery where the New York Knicks defied all odds and walked away with Patrick Ewing. Then there was the absolute hosing of the Sacramento Kings during the Western Conference Finals against the Lakers where the zebras let the Lakers shoot free throws to victory. And let us not forget about the Tim Donaghy scandal, the infamous referee who said Stern knew some refs were impacting games to cover spreads.
Although the NBA suits would chalk all of that banter up to conspiracy theory, there is no denying that it strongly appears Stern's veto of the Chris Paul trade was done to simply appease a small number of millionaire owners in small markets. This is because part of the reason behind the lockout was about superstars leaving small markets for big city lights. Sadly, the league can't stop guys from playing where they want to play in the long run. What the league can do is crush trades that are multi-beneficial for no legitimate reason, thereby tarnishing the credibility and reputation of league for "basketball reasons".
Do you think the Chris Paul trade veto will have any long-term repercussions?
Has the NBA damaged their reputation by catering to the owners?