If fans were not already sickened and disgruntled enough with the NBA after the long lockout this offseason, they were pushed further after last night.
It was reported last evening that a blockbuster trade among three teams had been reached.
The trade would send New Orleans' Chris Paul to the Los Angeles Lakers.
The league said no.
The details are still somewhat of a mystery, but David Stern vetoed the trade shortly after the news broke.
The New Orleans Hornets are owned by the league, so the given excuse was that the league felt that the move was not in the best interest of the team.
In reality, it appears that the owners didn't want Paul heading to Los Angeles. If you were an owner of another team, would you?
The move is mind boggling and nothing short of an embarrassment to the league. Fans in the Los Angeles area are angry, and rightfully so.
So is Chris Paul's father, Charles Paul. He spoke about being unhappy with the move the league made.
"He's going to leave after the season anyway and it's not right that these owners are trying to dictate where Chris lands."
He has every right to be angry. Paul wants to go to the Lakers and New Orleans was, in the eyes of many, getting the better end of the deal.
Now the Lakers have to deal with issues of Lamar Odom and Pau Gasol being disgruntled with the team.
The Hornets are stuck with a player that doesn't want to be there.
The Rockets don't get a key piece to their team in Gasol.
The three teams reached an agreement that they were happy with. The other 27 teams didn't like the move so it didn't happen.
Doesn't seem very fair to me.
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