State of the nba in LA

by Adam Popescu

The league’s decision to nix yesterday’s Chris Paul-Lakers trade shows just how bad the state of basketball really is right now. The danger of having the nba (still in lower case)  have a stake in one of it’s teams, the Hornets,  means all 29 owners have a piece of the club, and a say on trades. And Grand Capo David Stern commissions over all of them.

“It’s dangerous for a league to actually have ownership in a team to begin with because of these type of circumstances…” —Derek Fisher, Lakers point guard, president of the players union, and teammate to trade-bait Lamar Odom and Pau Gasol.

With all this swirling around Laker-land, the more psychologically stable ball club going into the season is the purple and gold’s cross-locker room rivals, the Clippers. At 50 to 1 odds, Blake Griffin and company sure have a mountain to climb, but once they get to the top…

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This just in, the Lakers-Hornets-Rockets trade has been resubmitted to the league! Just broke by Yahoo Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski.

The new deal: “In the details available to Yahoo! Sports, Paul goes to the Lakers, Pau Gasol to the Rockets, and Houston still sends Kevin Martin, Luis Scola, and a 2012 first-round pick to the Hornets. The main changes in the deal, originally nixed by the NBA, will come between New Orleans and the Lakers, sources say.”

Back to the waiting game…

—Adam Popescu

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