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David Stern thinks you can get off his back now for the Chris Paul trade

Dec 15, 2011, 1:45 AM EDT

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The NBA held a conference call Wednesday night to discuss the trade of Chris Paul from the New Orleans Hornets to the Los Angeles Clippers for Eric Gordon, Al-Farouq Aminu, Chris Kaman, and a first-round pick. The call was as much for the league to try and spin the damage control caused by the league’s rejection of the initial Lakers-Rockets-Hornets trade as it was to introduce why this trade went through. The commissioner bantered with reporters wondering how this all went down and why.

Instead of running you through some dry narrative, let’s play a game called “What He Said/What He Meant” in which I take quotes from the most powerful man in the NBA and interpret them. Shall we?

What he said: “I knew we were doing the best thing for New Orleans and that was my job.”

What he meant: “It shouldn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that two guys over 30 and a mid-20’s pick doesn’t help a team rebuild, but apparently it does. Took me about fifteen seconds.”

What he said: “You have to stick with what you think was right. I must confess it wasn’t a lot of fun, but I don’t get paid to have fun.”

What he meant: “I get paid to make other people not have fun. Specifically Dell Demps, Mitch Kupchak and Daryl Morey, apparently. Also, I did think this was right. If you don’t believe me, check your web traffic tomorrow.”

What he said: “Our sole focus was and will remain, until we sell this team, hopefully which will be in first half of 2012, how best to maintain the Hornets, make them as attractive and a competitive as we can and ensure we have a buyer who can keep them in New Orleans.”

What he meant: “Have you seen this draft class? Do you realize how much we’re going to drive this price up when they get two top-ten picks? We’ve already started printing unibrow signs for Anthony Davis. I have to keep them in New Orleans. The lockout, blocking the trade, that’s two strikes. I’m down to my last pitch, here.”

What he said: “I would recommend only to the most hearty with the thickest of skins that they do this.”

What he meant: “Don’t get it twisted, no one is iller than the commish. Tell Prokhorov I said ‘hi.'”


The commissioner is never going to get this off his resume, never going to erase what some consider a black stain on his legacy. But here’s the end result of Stern’s decisions. The Clippers are better, and a premier team in the league. The Hornets have a better shot at rebuilding and starting over. Both sides won.

The Lakers lost, but that’s another story.

  1. barroomhero80 - Dec 15, 2011 at 2:15 AM

    screw stern his dopey a** is ruining the league

  2. theduuuuuuuuuude - Dec 15, 2011 at 2:50 AM

    He might as well have spit in the face of every Laker fan. This whole Chris Paul trade fiasco is a joke. I can’t wait until this a-hole retires.

  3. surly1n1nd1anapol1s - Dec 15, 2011 at 2:51 AM

    I have no problem with him screwing the Lakers.

  4. edweird0 - Dec 15, 2011 at 3:32 AM

    You gotta give him credit, he still managed to send him to L.A. lol as if that’s any consolation to lakers fans

  5. goforthanddie - Dec 15, 2011 at 4:26 AM

    Yes, now we can all forget the massive conflict-of-interest and possible collusion.

  6. pnoy88 - Dec 15, 2011 at 5:00 AM

    So le me get this straight…he wont opt out next yr and will be free agent in 2013,so next yr it will be a circus again cuz he will hostage the clippers and threathen to sign elsewhere, nba is the only league that generate interest on hype and rumors and not the actual game itself, nba will neverbe in the same class at NFL!!!

  7. glink123 - Dec 15, 2011 at 5:27 AM

    Stern = peckerwood

  8. tsi4431 - Dec 15, 2011 at 7:02 AM

    So the Clippers will still finish under .500 this year and Chris Paul will sign for the Lakers in FA next year and the Clippers get screwed. Nice.

  9. omniusprime - Dec 15, 2011 at 8:55 AM

    Not even close to time for getting off Stern’s worthless rear end. Not until this jerk does the NBA the ultimate favor of retiring. Stern has screwed up the NBA and deserves no credit. The owner’s behind kisser ruined the Laker’s season rejecting the Paul trade to the Lakers and now Odom is out of the best three man front line. All that nonsense just so the lowly Clippers get Paul, Stern was a fool thinking Paul was going to stay with a losing organization.

    • bigtganks - Dec 15, 2011 at 5:17 PM

      lol, ^^ bitter Laker fans.

      Clearly the Clips trade is better for “rebuilding”, not guys in their 30’s with bigger contracts.

  10. Chris Fiorentino - Dec 15, 2011 at 9:16 AM

    Stern and the 29 owners of the New Orleans Hornets got themselves a great deal here. They got two of the top 5 or 7 picks in a very deep draft and Eric Gordon to build around. Anybody who thinks the Lackers got screwed here are either blinded by their purple and yellow glasses or simply stupid.

    Congrats to David Stern for another job well done for the people he works for…the Owners. He doesn’t work for the players or the fans. He works to make the league as good as he can…and guess what…he did his job. The Lackers tried to rape the Hornets and they got the short end of the stick. That’s just bad karma…I’m waiting for the next shoe to drop on the Lackers.

  11. seriouslyhuh - Dec 15, 2011 at 3:36 PM

    Okay, I may be missing something here but if you can remove your “what’s best for the Lakers” issues which isn’t a big consideration for New Orleans fans, and your “Stern sucks” bias, are there too many people out there that don’t think that from THE HORNETS POINT OF VIEW, what David Stern did was a better result than the other deals? Regardless of all the various motivations here, didn’t Stern in the end get a better future for the Hornets?

  12. sportsfaninoc - Dec 15, 2011 at 7:26 PM

    So the moral of this story kiddies is:

    Hire idiots to ruin your franchise and the league will reward you.
    Hire smart folks and create a juggernaut that sells worldwide and the league will punish you.

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