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David Stern Kills Chris Paul Trade and Proves Once Again He is Terrible Commish

by Robert Littal | Posted on Thursday, December 8th, 2011
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There is nothing else to say except that David Stern is terrible commish and this is a very bad precedent to set.

NBA commissioner David Stern has killed the New Orleans Hornets’ trade of Chris Paul after several owners complained about the league-owned team dealing the All-Star point guard to the Los Angeles Lakers, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.

Some owners pushed Stern to demand the trade be nullified, and the Hornets be made to keep Paul on the roster for the foreseeable future, sources said. A chorus of owners were irate with the belief that the five-month lockout had happened largely to stop big-market teams from leveraging small-market teams for star players pending free agency.

“The owners half-pushed this, and Stern took it the rest of the way,” a league source told Yahoo! Sports. “In the end, David didn’t like that the players were dictating where they wanted to go, like Carmelo [Anthony] had, and he wasn’t going to let Chris Paul dictate where he wanted to go.”

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  1. VX says:

    This just proves that Bryant Gumbel’s point about David Stern and the owners acting like plantation overseers was a valid one. Although nothing is directly analogous to slavery besides actual slavery, the attitude that permeated the thinking of individuals during that time is still present in NBA management. That do not look at the players as human beings, just a product that they own.

  2. lee says:

    How is he a terrible commissioner, he saved the NBA. And made it a multi billion dollar business. Blame Chris Paul for not living up to obligation. Its healthy for the league. Get over yourself. Stern should of fined him for asking for a trade. Should of fined Melo too. You sign a contract, be a man wait till the season is over. Than like every other mature player, sign with what ever team you want.

  3. ImdaPoo says:

    I like the veto.

  4. mike stevens says:

    Stern didn’t stop the trade because he felt it was good for N.O. He stopped it because owners were complaining. Don’t be a fool and think David Stern made the NBA what it is. Every sport grows with time,that’s just the way it is. And if you think players should play out their contract and then leave,then you are a damn fool if you think teams are going to let that player leave and not get anything for them. Get over yourself Lee. That’s sports and that’s the way it goes. It’s been like that and it will stay like that.

  5. JayP says:

    Stern just killed the Hornets. No player is ever going to want to go there because they will feel like they are playing for “Stern’s Team.” Now they are going to be stuck with an unhappy superstar, which can be poison in the lockeroom. Also, the Hornets were going to get pieces to build on, now they will get nothing and if Okafor is going to be the star of your team… It’s a wrap.

  6. Brian says:

    It’s time for Stern to retire and go sit on a park bench playing checkers or something. I think this trade will be modified somehow and end up going through eventually. No player in his right mind will want to go play for the Hornets, Cavs, or Bobcats.

  7. De says:

    David Stern made a big mistake. Will he also stop Dwight Howard from being traded to the New Jersey Nets? No, of course not. Why? Because the New Jersey Nets are a small market team. I blame Stern for listening to Dan Gilbert et al. Gilbert is still upset over Lebron James leaving Cleveland. Get over it Dan Gilbert Lebron is gone and will never return. Stern you need to go back and allow the Chris Paul trade to go through. This is the only way you can regain some type of respectability. If not,then get ready for a lawsuit from Chris Paul and possibly other parties involved. Thanks for nothing David Stern. Maybe Bryant Gumbel was right after all.

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