It was the biggest story of the preseason.
David Stern, the power-mad dictator that he is, nixed a three-team trade that would have sent Chris Paul to the Lakers. Well, "power-mad dictator" is probably a little strong, but then again, it's probably not.
The Lakers had been aging at the point for years, and no one knew what to expect from Mike Brown offensively after the end of the triangle era.
But we did know one thing—Chris Paul is an incredible basketball player. He's not just a perennial All-Star point guard; he's the kind of player than can change a team's mentality and push them over the hump with just his presence and his leadership.
Chris Paul is a game changer.
So what gives? Shouldn't Lakers fans still be bristling at the thought of being robbed of the best point guard on the planet?
I say no, and here's why.