THe lockout should have gone longer until they ironed these problems out. Now
Stern will be drilled no matter who Chris Paul goes to. Where are the Hornets
going to get a better deal than the one Stern turned down?The Lakers
have a flair for the dramatic and they were going to do something huge,
something the Jazz admin only dreams about.The owners want to be
able to keep players they draft but they did not get that in the agreement so
for the rest of the life of this current contract the players legally should be
able to go where they can be traded to.The drama helps make up the
league, too bad Stern got weak-kneed and turned the whole deal down. Were I the
Lakers I would be furious with the commissioner.
I'm not sure what problems in this way needed to be sorted out by the lockout.
The only problem here is the league (meaning each other owner) owns and controls
the Hornets. That creates a conflict of interest. In such a case no owner will
side with helping the Hornets or one other individual team. That owner needs to
look out for the interest of its own team. Thus the trade was negated. This is
similar to last year when the Hornets were negotiating deals with players and
the owners complained. If they have control of course they will let the Hornets
suffer. It's in their interest to do so. The problem isn't that this happens,
but that only now people are complaining and seeing it as a problem.
Lets red-shirt Paul for a year and put him on ESPN! Then we make Stern coach of
the Hornets and and have him see pro-ball from that perspective. Then we want
be seeing that awful cheesy smile of his! That guy drives me NUTS!