Chris Paul To Lakers: Can the NBA Save Its Image from the Fallout?

Ryan NeimanContributor IIIDecember 10, 2011

NEW ORLEANS, LA - APRIL 24:  Chris Paul #3 of the New Orleans Hornets reacts to a call during a game with the Los Angeles Lakers in Game Four of the Western Conference Quarterfinals in the 2011 NBA Playoffs at New Orleans Arena on April 24, 2011 in New Orleans, Louisiana. 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 Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
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The NBA owners and players tried to save the face of the league by ripping the chains off of the greed-filled, lockout that claimed 16 games of the season, but the latest debacle involving the unfolding of the now infamous Chris Paul trade has the NBA looking worse than before.

How can a league that governs their players to dress in formal attire before and after each contest look at itself in the mirror and take itself seriously without laughing at its own reflecting image?

With arguable the highest ratings in recent years for the NBA last season, sports theorists highly believed the NBA was the next sport to be branded as America’s pastime. However, with David Stern, the owners, the players, and the billions dollars pumped into this laughing-stock, the NBA has now become the punch-line of every joke.

Even if the NBA was able to repair the glaring hole in the Ozone layer to prevent future global warming effects and win the Noble Peace Prize, it will still be looked as the elephant in the room. Fans everywhere were still hesitant rolling out the welcome back mat for their favorite players because of how ugly the NBA lockout became.

The NBA has never appeared so dim-witted, idiotic, and clueless about how to run a league, but it's doing an excellent job tarnishing its very own legacy overnight. For the first time in history, the words of a horde of gorillas are more competent and understandable than the mind-boggling recent activity by the NBA.

The NBA can do all it can to maneuver around this mess and try to fix it, but any choice it do from this point on does not seem logical at all. As shocking as the fallout of the Chris Paul trade is, anything that happens in the NBA would not stun me at all.

They could move the Lakers to Japan and I would casually shrug my shoulders.

Even if the NBA decides to reconfigure the trade involving Chris Paul, it would make the league appear to be more brainless than before. It would be an embarrassment for the league for it to display to world that it indeed made a huge mistake and are trying to do everything in their power to make things right. It’s too late for apologies and what is done is done.

The face of the NBA is as ugly as ever. Of course, I am being cynical because I will watch the basketball season this year. But not without remorse while wearing a bag over my head, ashamed to be a fan of a sport with the legendary ambassadors such as Wilt Chamberlain and Bill Russell associated to a sham.

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