NBA Commissioner David Stern opened his lockout-delayed season by hearing boos from fans.
Off of the lockout, nearly everyone craved a return to normalcy in the NBA. Instead, they got the chaos surrounding the Chris Paul trade which included rescinded trades, threatened lawsuits, and commissioner David Stern once again looking like the bad guy.
Stern saw competitive balance. He saw the Clippers become more competitive and the Hornets become more balanced.
Paul has finally landed — not with the Knicks or Lakers, but with the Los Angeles Clippers.
It seems almost everyone has given their take on last week’s rejected trade that would’ve sent Chris Paul to the Lakers. Add Deron Williams to the list.
Despite his protestations otherwise, Stern’s decision to veto the first Chris Paul trade to the Los Angeles Lakers was as much about image as his decision six years ago to outlaw baggy pants and hats worn sideways.
Chris Paul wanted a trade to the Knicks. Instead, the Hornets worked out a three-team deal with LA and Houston — or so they thought.
The NBA regular season would run through April 26 and require teams to play at least one set of back-to-back-to-back games if a new labor deal is ratified in time to start on Christmas.
Dwyane Wade expressed relief. Shane Battier sounded cautiously optimistic. Jason Richardson urged players to think before voting.
Players, looking beat and beaten, face a tougher healing process in approving an agreement that significantly limits their earnings.
Fans and local business owners are calling on the NBA to get its act together.
NBA players announced Monday they were rejecting the league’s latest offer and disclaiming interest in their union — and, no longer governed by labor law, would sue under antitrust law, something they did Tuesday in California and Minnesota.
Both the NBA owners and the players are willing to sacrifice not only a season their sports viability for two items that were barely an issue in the prior CBA. It’s borderline insanity.
Well, push came to shove this week in the NBA lockout. After David Stern’s, essentially, take it or leave it stance, the players decided to leave it.
Come on, the players have absolutely no intention of seeing this lawsuit to its fruition. It would not only cost them the entire 2011-2012 season, but also potentially the following season as well.
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