Dec. 9 marked the long-awaited opening of training camp along with free agency. This is the start to what was undoubtedly expected to be a wild roller coaster of a ride.
Commissioner David Stern may have cemented his tarnished legacy early this morning by rescinding a trade that would have sent Chris Paul to the Lakers as a majority of owners threw a temper tantrum over this deal. While the Lakeshow would have pulled another ridiculous trade off for another superstar, it actually isn't that great of a deal to be honest.
Yes, a Chris Paul/Kobe Bryant backcourt would be nasty. X's and O's aside, the fact that the NBA intervened because owners threw a fit is inexcusable, and not only because it's a huge conflict of interest when the league owns New Orleans.
The saying goes, "Damned if you do, damned if you don't," and I'm almost positive that either way this situation shook out, Stern was going to look like an idiot. Regardless of whether the trade was good or bad for the Lakers, the fact that they almost added another superstar to their squad is enough to make every other NBA fan want to puke.
Although the trade has been stopped at the moment, all three teams are appealing Stern's decision and will hopefully be able to pull it off. If for no other team than the Hornets who actually come away with a plethora of nice pieces for Paul. Getting the Knicks' first-rounder, Luis Scola, Lamar Odom, Kevin Martin and Goran Dragic for Paul isn't too shabby. That team is still a bubble playoff team, like the Hornets were last season.
On the note of something else that is being flipped backwards, Brandon Roy will apparently not be starting at shooting guard, as he is retiring. Truly sad news for Roy and Trail Blazer fans. The player that helped turn the Jail Blazers around just a few years ago and helped establish Kevin Pritchard as a draft-day genius is now calling it quits.
Roy's biggest issue has been his knees since being drafted in 2006 by the Timberwolves, a team that was concerned about his health and traded him for Randy Foye. Portland had two high first-round picks and traded both players, Tyrus Thomas and Randy Foye, for two players that are among the best at their positions, LaMarcus Aldridge and Brandon Roy.
Sadly though, Roy appears to be calling it a career due to chronic knee problems after speaking with the Blazers earlier this week, who decided against using their amnesty provision.
Apparently the meetings that Dwight Howard and the Nets had were illegal as well. Oh, and did I mention that the Knicks inked Tyson Chandler to a deal? And that the Clippers overpaid for Caron Butler?
Who would have thought Dec. 9 would have started like this? Collusion, bad deals and bad knees being the focus of the first NBA action we've seen since LeBron James pouted his way off the court in the finals. Ah, it's good to be back.