I don’t want to say I told you so, but I told you so. Commissioner David Stern’s decision to decline the three team trade, which included Chris Paul heading to the Lakers, only proves that the NBA might not seem as fair as almost everyone believes.
This has to be one of the most embarrassing moments for the NBA. This has to rank up there with the “Malice at the Palace” or the Tim Donahue referee scandal. For David Stern to decline the trade because “it wasn’t in the best interest of the league” has to be some kind of sick joke. I’m just waiting for the “Gotcha!” that has been about 20 hours late.
When I first thought the NBA was fixed and told my friends what I thought, at first, they laughed in my face, which was then proceeded by “you are crazy”, which was then followed by “you are stupid.”
Back then I took it. But not now, now I have some undeniable proof that the NBA might be one of the most corrupt leagues in the United States. How can Stern justify declining the trade when the Hornets arguably had the best part of the three team trade. Luis Scola is a solid offensive big man, Kevin Martin is a scoring machine, and Lamar Odom is a proven six man.
I’m curious as to why Stern even did this. The NBA has thrived when there are power teams. Think Lakers-Celtics in the 80s and Bulls- in the 90s. Picture this. Chris Paul, Kobe Bryant, Andrew Bynum versus Dwayne Wade, Lebron James, and Chris Bosh in the NBA Finals. Minus well throw away the All-Star game, it’s not like it has a point anymore, because this is about as good as it gets. Throw in the Knicks with Amare Stoudemire, Carmelo Anthony, and Tyson Chandler and things just got a whole lot more interesting in the Eastern Conference.
I’m all for equality for all teams. But let’s face it; these players don’t want to play in Indianapolis or Minneapolis. That’s what these NBA players have started doing. They have options as free agents, and they aren’t always necessarily following the money.
This move by David Stern will be remembered as one of the most immature, stubborn move of his career. As long as he the Commissioner of the league, I won’t be able to take the NBA seriously. There will always be that lingering doubt, that “maybe there is someone controlling the league.” And that someone might not be the players.