Stern got lucky that the teams reworked the deal or his perception as a tyrannical leader would have been set in stone.
The teams involved in the deal (Lakers, Rockets, and Hornets) have organized again and have reworked the deal to include younger players and more picks for the New Orleans Hornets over the next few seasons.
While intentions were very cloudy behind Stern’s decision, the truth is that the Hornets are owned by the NBA and they need to be able to sell the team to a buyer. With no stars and no future stars, no owner will want to risk the money on a dead franchise.
This trade is the perfect recipe for a rebirth in Los Angeles for a Lakers team that is again at a ridiculous pace.
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While there is no doubt that all teams will win in this scenario, the biggest winner is David Stern.
Everyone was calling for his head after coming out of a five-month lockout and facing the first problem in the worst possible way he could. Give Stern credit though, he was open to reconsidering and that’s why the teams got the new deal done.
This is the first shoe that will drop in what could be a frenzied several weeks.
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