Stern Warning: Chris Paul Trade to the Lakers Is Dead

Ryan Neiman@RyanNAnthony Contributor IIIDecember 8, 2011

LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 26:  Chris Paul #3 of the New Orleans Hornets reacts late in the fourth quarter while taking on the Los Angeles Lakers in Game Five of the Western Conference Quarterfinals in the 2011 NBA Playoffs on April 26, 2011 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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Reporting via Twitter, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! was the first to break the astonishing news of the NBA rejecting the shocking trade that would have sent Chris Paul to the Lakers.

On his Twitter account, he expressed the backlash of the owners over this deal, stating, "The NBA has caved to pressure from owners that the appearance of this deal, on heels of lockout, had to be stopped, sources tell Y! Sports."

It is a shocking revelation, after millions in Lakers nation had started rejoicing over the possibility of having Chris Paul play alongside Kobe Bryant.

David Stern has faced harsh criticism during the NBA lockout, and his popularity will most likely not improve after his latest action.  

Don't expect David Stern to run for governor of California anytime soon.

In hindsight, the biggest losers of this trade were the Houston Rockets and New Orleans Hornets, who were considered the winners of this trade.

The Lakers were presumably giving up the most in this deal.  

But, in L.A., it's about the glitz and glamour.  

With the Lakers bringing in Chris Paul, they would have rivaled the Miami Heat in fighting for the national headlines.

For now, Lakers fans will have to deal with another season of Pau Gasol and Lamar Odom.

Things could be a whole lot worse, Lakers Nation. Tonight, dreamers will once again will have to dream.  


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