Dan Gilbert Pulls David Stern's Strings with Letter Condeming Chris Paul Trade

Gabe Zaldivar@gabezalPop Culture Lead WriterDecember 9, 2011

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It seems crazy has the ear of the commish.

There is one thing that you can say about Dan Gilbert, he has opinions. It's a good thing too because the NBA is about to be ruled by them it seems.

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports broke down the specifics of the NBA voiding a trade that would have sent Chris Paul to the LA Lakers.

The report makes reference to owners that were besides themselves that the rich were about to get richer. Well, we now have a name to go along with those rumors.

Yahoo! Sports has produced a letter from Dan Gilbert to David Stern filled with vitriol. You can only imagine that Gilbert wrote the thing while sucking his thumb. In it, he condemns the trade that has since vanished into thin air.

So, if you don't like a trade. Send a petition to your local general manager. If he is forceful enough in his prose, David Stern may just act on it. If you don't like how a referee is calling a game, have an owner write a letter. It seems what is good for the WWE is now good for the NBA.

Storylines will be changed with flippancy and trades dealt with frivolously.

Here are some choice parts taken from a letter that really could have been written by a teenager that didn't get to stay out late on Saturday night.

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It would be a travesty to allow the Lakers to acquire Chris Paul in the apparent trade being discussed...

I cannot remember ever seeing a trade where a team got by far the best player in the trade and saved over $40 million in the process. And it doesn’t appear that they would give up any draft picks, which might allow to later make a trade for Dwight Howard. When the Lakers got Pau Gasol (at the time considered an extremely lopsided trade) they took on tens of millions in additional salary and luxury tax and they gave up a number of prospects (one in Marc Gasol who may become a max-salary player).

I just don’t see how we can allow this trade to happen.

I know the vast majority of owners feel the same way that I do.

When will we just change the name of 25 of the 30 teams to the Washington Generals?

The squeaky wheel somehow gets to change the storylines in the NBA. If you pout enough, you can change how things play out.

When you look at the trade, it was as fair as the Hornets are going to get. What's not fair is that the Hornets fans are now going to get get zip and the small market teams are going to get the satisfaction that they fought the good fight and won.

So as it sit, Gilbert and other owners now run the league. At least, that is how this is all playing out. The trade was done by the book and met all the rules. The league oversaw this trade and let it unfold only to void it.

So why do that after seeing it all play out as such? It has to be because Stern received flack after the deal was agreed upon. That essentially changes the landscape of how things are run from here on out.

The NBA has some explaining to do because Paul is now stuck in New Orleans until he walks in the summer. The Hornets get nothing at that point. Now what is fair in that?