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Danny Granger and Jason Richardson tweet out their frustration over the league-halted Chris Paul trade

Dec 9, 2011, 2:49 AM EDT

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Over the last few years, Twitter has completely changed the NBA experience. It gives basketball fans a place to congregate online in order to discuss breaking news or thrilling games. It gives reporters a mechanism to get their scoops to readers as quickly as possible, without having to worry about wasting precious moments for the sake of processing and editing. And, most famously: it provides a means of direct communication between the previously distant athlete and the everyman — glimpses into the mind of a professional ballplayer 140 characters at a time.

During the lockout, the league saw what could happen when a few hundred frustrated players took to social media to air their grievances. It was uncoordinated, sometimes ill-informed, and other times embarrassing, but players nonetheless had a digital megaphone with which to broadcast their perspectives directly to the fans. Some NBAers were more successful in that regard than others, but the lack of censorship was refreshing.

Yet even with a new collective bargaining agreement in place — and the NBA back in business as a result — Danny Granger and Jason Richardson have continued tweeting with the same freedom. Both were clearly peeved by the NBA’s decision to nix a potential three-way deal that would have sent Chris Paul to the Lakers on Thursday, and rightfully so. But the manner in which both players lashed out at the league was a bit surprising, even when considering the animosity built up between the players and the NBA over the last few months.

Granger was up first, laying down some pretty heavy snark:

Due to the sabotaging of the LA/NO trade by david stern, and following in the footsteps of my athlete brethern Metta World Peace and Chad Ochocinco, I’m changing my last name to “Stern’s Bi#&h” #effectiveimmediately

Then, following the public release of an email (via Yahoo Sports) from Cavs owner Dan Gilbert that supposedly set the stopping of the trade in action, Jason Richardson offered the following:

Once again Buck Nasty a.k.a Dan Gilbert is letting his wrath being felt by being the main voice in the CP trade block.

Both players disregarded the possibility of a league-issued fine in order to voice their opinions on an incredibly important event. Criticizing Stern, the league, and the owner of another team aren’t commonly considered to be acceptable NBA player behaviors, but the league has made this an extenuating circumstance by intervening in the basketball decisions of individual teams. Odds are that plenty of other players are similarly incensed by Thursday’s events, but it’ll be interesting to see what form that anger takes — in social media or otherwise.

  1. verytalldad - Dec 9, 2011 at 3:11 AM

    To all the people who defended the owners during the lockout and those who rail against the union, here is who you are defending. Little turds like Gilbert. These guys just made the Hornets WORSE. Who would want to buy that franchise? Maybe some other loser with a big ego and big bank account like Gilbert.

    • hoytdadd64 - Dec 9, 2011 at 7:50 AM

      Why not buy it? If you make any bad decisions good ol’ David will bail you out and help you recover your loses from the players!!!!

  2. david8726 - Dec 9, 2011 at 3:23 AM

    I wish ALL the players would send out tweets like this with the same venom. What will the league do then? Suspend all of them?

    Those two are just telling it like it is.

  3. smoothaswilkes - Dec 9, 2011 at 3:47 AM

    I am a Lakers fan….Hated the outcome of this vetoed trade. Two bigs for one small, one really freaking awesome small, does not make a championship.

    That said, how does Stern even think it’s okay to block this trade? Precedent set. No trades, CP3 is out as a FA.

    Now let’s talk about how Stern just fuck everyone involved. How exactly are the Lakers, a team that just came off a season of discontent and chemistry problems, going to learn a brand new system on both sides of the ball, deal with a new coaching staff after a decade, and know that all of you are trade bait? How does that equate in to a ring? anyone?

    just when I was okay with the lock out and bball being back. urgh. time to become a hockey fan.

  4. velascochad - Dec 9, 2011 at 4:03 AM

    so the real motive of the lockout is only to get more share from the BRI. nothing to do with “competitive balance” thing.

    dan gilbert should sell his team instead of destroying the whole league because of his bitterness. haha

    • bruthamanfrmda5thflo - Dec 9, 2011 at 4:41 AM

      Modern day Slavery. . . . .

  5. 00maltliquor - Dec 9, 2011 at 6:11 AM

    Maybe Bryant Gumbel was right…Plantation owners!!! This is so un american! How can you refuse a players right to work where they want? F****** slave owners!!
    How is it the leagues place to determine whats a good “basketball deal”!!!!!!!!?????
    Congradulations David slimy snake Stern! Worst commisioner ever in the history in sports!!!!
    No wonder why the NBA is light years behind the NFL!!!! Suck on your own poison Stern! You rat *ucking *astard! You slithery snake oil salesman! F the nba! This is so unethical! It makes me siiick!

    • hystoracle - Dec 9, 2011 at 10:09 AM

      Looks real good to have the players constantly berating other teams and the league on every decision. That is NOT what you want. The NBA appears out of control to me. The game on the court will continue to suffer for it. You have freedom to say whatever you want but it doesn’t mean there isn’t a consequence for it. These guys should expect fines.

  6. 00maltliquor - Dec 9, 2011 at 6:16 AM

    Hey Dan Gilbert! You raising your son to take his ball and go home when his team is losing on the playground too!? I hope your team dies a thousand playoff deaths you slimy greasy bastard!

  7. xxshookonexx - Dec 9, 2011 at 6:50 AM

    For the record, I tweeted out my frustration over the trade being nixed too…..probasketballtalk is just too good to mention me in this article……real news please

  8. 00maltliquor - Dec 9, 2011 at 7:00 AM

    And don’t censor me PBT!!! you done took down a gang of my post! I LOOVE coming here as my 1 and only source for NBA news and rumors for as i gave up reading other sites! Don’t be like that! You will lose credibility as I have forgave you guys for shoddy journalism and major grammatical errors! Mine and others voices need to be heard as this …ahhhh f it!

  9. stoutfiles - Dec 9, 2011 at 7:09 AM

    The NBA didn’t intervene, they own the Hornets. So naturally all owners have a say.

    Gilbert – “When will we just change the name of 25 of the 30 teams to the Washington Generals?”

    You’re lying if you don’t agree that the NBA is quickly evolving to this setup.

    • baderx23 - Dec 9, 2011 at 8:24 AM

      The hornets Are a much better team without paul. Dan gilbert is just mad that they can lose a superstar and not bescrewed over like the cavs. Hornets got a great playerand 2 decent players, as well as 2 draft picks. To me it wasa better trade for the hornets than the lakers. Its not easy to replace the points and rebounds by gasol and odom

  10. tkels78 - Dec 9, 2011 at 7:46 AM

    Basketball is more annoying now then ever!

  11. charlutes - Dec 9, 2011 at 7:51 AM

    I hate Gilbert and Stern as people.

    • pellypell - Dec 9, 2011 at 10:21 AM

      No, you hate them as “business” people.

  12. 8man - Dec 9, 2011 at 8:02 AM

    Actually, I’m pretty sick of the Lakers getting “their choice” of any huge talent they want and the rest of the league literally dropping it on their door step. It’s about time someone put a stop to it. Honestly, when you look at some of the talent they have acquired over the last decade, you’d think the teams were giving away their end of the deal.

    The NBA is better to me when the Lakers suck and you can’t predict who will emerge as the champion. That’s why last year’s finals were so great. Very few people outside of Dallas picked the Mavs. You can’t have a viable source of sports entertainment where only the same five or 6 teams are vying for the title each year. It’s not compelling to watch. You end up with a bunch of Laker fans living in Baltimore, who have never been farther west than North Carolina! It’s ridiculous.

    I’ve always wondered about that. I run into these guys who are Cowboy, Yankee, Laker fans and they’ve never lived or had any family live in either of the states in which those teams play. How’d that happen? Bandwagon, front running punks. All of ‘em.

    • stoutfiles - Dec 9, 2011 at 8:19 AM

      Exactly. The league has always been like that, people just want to watch the front runners and don’t care if the Washington Generals of the league are essentially farm teams for the big market teams.

      The NBA won’t survive like this. It makes for good TV, but the small market teams WILL fold when their fans realize they never have a shot to win.

      • hystoracle - Dec 9, 2011 at 10:12 AM

        Kind of hard to for the networks to get excited about an 8 team league.

  13. metalhead65 - Dec 9, 2011 at 8:36 AM

    so I am supposed to feel sorry for players like paul because they can only sign for 70 mil. when they are unrestricted free agents instead the 100 mill. he can sign for with the lakers now or whatever team ends up getting him? yea I feel real bad for the players. if howard wants to play for nets then fine he can just wait till next year when he is free of his current contract and then he and other players who keep saying it is not about the money can sign for less to play for whoever they want. that is part of the new deal they signed and if they do not like it then they should not have accepted it.

  14. rdssc - Dec 9, 2011 at 8:41 AM

    Looks like Cleveland is going to get everyone’s best effort come December 26th, have a fun year Dan.

  15. sweetnlow44 - Dec 9, 2011 at 10:05 AM

    Dan Gilbert and David Stern just completely screwed the Hornets over. Now they’ll get no compensation for CP3 when they lose him to free agency and they’ll be just as pathetic as Gilberts current team. Why would the NBA want another team that couldn’t beat most jr. high girls teams? The NBA is an absolute joke and Granger is spot on.

  16. Josh Perez - Dec 9, 2011 at 1:43 PM

    Is hard too beloved that such a short person can be such an idiot. I don’t like the Lakers. But at least NO would have gotten piecework start rebuilding at 2 or 3 and not all the way from 0. Like that team from Ohio who used to have a what star and now is everyone’s punching bag. Gotta admit the race for the one before last team between them and the TWolves was interesting…

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