Man, how pissed off are the Los Angeles Lakers this morning?
First, the NBA commissioner David Stern (and Cleveland Cavaliers owner “Whiny” Dan Gilbert) killed a trade that would have sent Chris Paul to the Lakers – along with Pau Gasol to the Houston Rockets and Lamar Odom to the New Orleans Hornets. Next, the Lakers had to send an unhappy Odom to the defending champion Dallas Mavericks for practically nothing (a conditional draft pick).
And now this: the Los Angeles Clippers completed a trade for Paul by sending the farm to New Orleans.
So let’s see. The NBA didn’t think the trade to the Lakers was kosher, but it was cool with the Clippers. That does not pass the smell test folks.
Look, I understand that the league owns the Hornets and is trying to make the franchise more viable for a potential buyer. I just think the commissioner and friends wanted to prove a point to the players. He essentially cut off his nose to spite his face.
Let’s not forget that it was a HUGE conflict of interest for the league to own the Hornets in the first place.
At any rate, if I were the Lakers, I would make life for Stern a living hell as much as possible. Let’s see how Stern can deal with one of the glamorous franchises in all of sports.