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Kobe Bryant: NBA owners killed Chris Paul trade

Posted on: December 15, 2011 10:05 pm
Edited on: December 16, 2011 8:11 am
 
Posted by Ben Golliverkobe-bryant-chris-paul

In a rare role reversal, the Lakers are playing bridesmaid to the Clippers this week in Los Angeles.

After decades of dominating in the headlines and the standings, the Lakers lost out on coveted All-Star point guard Chris Paul, who was finally traded by the New Orleans Hornets to the Clippers after multiple proposed deals with the Lakers were blocked by NBA commissioner David Stern.

Lakers All-Star guard Kobe Bryant, who is used to being the center of the Southern California sports universe, isn't happy about it.

ESPNLA.com reports that Bryant blames other owners from around the NBA for keeping Paul out of his clutches.
"I think other owners did not want the Lakers to make significant improvements again," Bryant said after practice Thursday, hours before Paul's introductory news conference with the Los Angeles Clippers, less than five miles across town.

"We always contended as players that the lockout was really more so about the owners fighting amongst themselves, which is what you just saw [with the vetoed trade]," Bryant said. "You got Chris Paul coming here and the other owners weren't with that, because you don't want another great player coming to L.A., and all of the sudden Los Angeles has another player that can carry them on well after I retire. So, it's more about the owners bickering amongst themselves."
Bryant's bitterness is totally understandable. The entire Paul trade process went down under the sketchiest of circumstances. Stern winds up being a major loser because of the means and Bryant's Lakers lose because of the ends. 
 
Life will move on, though, especially with the 2011-2012 season set to begin in just 10 days. The talk will quickly turn to which team is better: Lakers or Clippers? Assuming full health, the Lakers are still deeper and more talented but the Clippers are quickly going to be quick risers. Los Angeles is the Lakers' throne to lose, for now, but this role reversal could unfold even more dramatically over the next 6-9 months.

Comments

Since: Sep 11, 2007
Posted on: December 17, 2011 11:40 am
 

Kobe Bryant: NBA owners killed Chris Paul trade

still4greenbay while Paul may be in LA he is still on a small market team.  The Clippers are an afterthought to people just about at the same level as the WNBA.  Donald Sterling  had a chance to give the Clippers a shot at legitimacy and move to Anaheim and start building their own identity but that was too far for him and his buddies to drive to see his team lose night after night.  The only thing that keeps him from being the worst owner in professional sports is Frank McCourt.  You gotta suck real bad to be worse than Peter Angelos and Daniel Snyder.  Chris Paul may be in Los Angeles but he will find out being a Clipper is not going to open the doors he wants in life.



Since: May 4, 2008
Posted on: December 16, 2011 7:39 pm
 

Kobe Bryant: NBA owners killed Chris Paul trade

LOL, I could hate Kobe and not understand your comment.....State the truth and you are crying. Im not going to call you an idioy but that is a stupid statement...not very astute. How many people honestly believe the Owners didn't kill thie trade or stupid enough not to know they did. I dont care who we pull for..Clippers, Celtics, Hornets. or the Lakers , Kobe stated a fact....



Since: Apr 14, 2011
Posted on: December 16, 2011 6:48 pm
 

Kobe Bryant: NBA owners killed Chris Paul trade

Kobe.  The Black Mamba.  I feel so bad for the no. 24.  All Kobe had to do was get on the phone and complain to David Stern that this CP3 deal was sound and important for TV ratings.  The GLOAT (Greatest Laker of All Time.)

What people forget is that Kobe should have been selected as NBA executive of the year when he bullied the NBA and the Lakers to get a franchise to trade its superstar player to the Lakers.  Who can forget the original "Decision".  Clippers or Lakers?  I guess the lottery bound Kobe playoff no-show in 2004-05, first round exits in 2005-06 and 2006-07 cannot be assessed on franchise's best player.  Kobe did the next best thing:  he threw Laker management under the bus in the media (papers, first on the Stephen A Smith ESPN show then chaning his story three hours later on the Dan Patrick show) with (dis)honorable mention to Mitch Kupchak.




Since: Mar 17, 2008
Posted on: December 16, 2011 4:57 pm
 

Kobe Bryant: NBA owners killed Chris Paul trade

Kobe haters are really funny



Since: May 29, 2008
Posted on: December 16, 2011 4:50 pm
 

Kobe Bryant: NBA owners killed Chris Paul trade

Dashiznit,

Simple pure basketball play.  Take a look at Jerry West's stats.  You probably never saw him play, but man that guy was special.  Great shoot, but had a great handle, could pass with the best of them and averaged like 8 rebounds a game for his career.  Also check out his playoff numbers.  They go UP in the playoffs (averaged over 40 points per game one year!!)  Two finals MVPs.  14 time 1st team all NBA.  6 time 1st team defense.  This guys was a helluva player! 

You cant be serious about Wilt.  Like I said Wilt as a Laker, you have an arguement...but if you do Wilt overall...um discussion over.  Averaged 50 pts and 30 rebounds per game in one season!!!!  If that isnt enough said, then...
led the league in assists one year
NEVER fouled out of a game (EVER at any level...high school, college, pro, etc)  Was SOOOO good he didnt have to foul
IF they kept a stat on blocks would have averaged double digit blocks in his career

I think I broke down the arguement for Shaq in my last post.

Arguement can be made for Elgin also, but its very close.

Man...I cant believe how many Kobe lovers there are out there.  Think you guys are overrating your boy just a little bit.  Again, not saying he's a bad player...hall of famer no doubt...but lets not go overboard and forget how he played early in his career.  Single handedly cost the Lakers the 2004 finals...when he wanted to "prove he was the man and not Shaq".  How'd that work out?




Since: May 29, 2008
Posted on: December 16, 2011 4:39 pm
 

Kobe Bryant: NBA owners killed Chris Paul trade

Hey Louie,

You make some good points...but I am not talking about those frauds down in Miami...I would kill those guys way worse than Kobe...but do you really think Kobe isnt a ball hog??  Also, do you really think Kobe is better than Shaq?  REALLY??  Who won all those finals MVPS?  Who really was responsible for winning those three titles...c'mon now be honest.  I am fairly certain LA would have had enough to win with Big Shot Rob, Shaq, Fish, Shaw, Ron Harper, Rick Fox, etc.  They NEVER would have won without Shaq!!  It isnt even close.  Also Shaq dragged D-Wade's sorry ass to a title also.  heck...he even took that ultimate fraud--penny to the finals!!  Now was it Kobe, D-Wade and Penny that were responsible for this or Shaq?  Just wondering.  Kareem...man you need to look at his stats, better yet watch some of the old Laker footage...he's the best scorer in league history.  He also won a title with the stinkin Milwaukee Bucks!  You really think Kobe is a better player than him?  same as Jerry West.  Shooting % alone separates these two.  PPG, Assists, Rebounds...he's better at all of that.  he's the logo for the league for cryin out loud!  Wilt was the best player EVER...I'm not dissin all your Jordan maniacs..but when they start creating rules to DETRACT from his game rather than ENHANCE it come talk to me. 

Kobe is a great player...but as with many of today's "superstars" a selfish one.  He also has transformed his game significantly over the last 5 years, but tough to erase that first 8 years of some of the most selfish basketball in league history.  If he played like he did over the latter part of his career for his entire career, you might have an arguement.  Otherwise...its CLEAR that he doesnt hold water to those other Lakers.  Its certainly not embarrasing to be listed behind those guys.



Since: Feb 8, 2007
Posted on: December 16, 2011 4:27 pm
 

Kobe Bryant: NBA owners killed Chris Paul trade

Mr. Dollar

Im curious, What exactly are you using a measurement in determining your top 7?
Wins? Rings? MVps? TOTAL POINTS? ..haha... im curious how you got WILT , Jerry and Elgin ahead of Kobe?

interesting



Since: Jul 29, 2009
Posted on: December 16, 2011 4:07 pm
 

Kobe Bryant: NBA owners killed Chris Paul trade

Sorry Kobester; the commish tried to get your input on the Paul fiasco but you were too busy telling everyone what a hard worker you are and patting yourself on the back to answer his tweets.



Since: Jul 27, 2011
Posted on: December 16, 2011 4:02 pm
 

Kobe Bryant: NBA owners killed Chris Paul trade

Hahahahahaha!   Cry more Kobe.   Maybe they should trade you to Denver.



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: December 16, 2011 3:50 pm
 

Kobe Bryant: NBA owners killed Chris Paul trade

The NBA either needs to reduce the number of teams to get more parity or they need to make sure there is a true star in every city to accomplish the same thing.  Isn't competition about each competitor trying to beat the other?  In sports isn't that based on assembling the best team you can?  Why would the league punish the Lakers twice by first negating a valid trade and then accepting a trade to the same market?

For one thing you can't just knock off 3 or 4 teams, that wouldn't help even one bit.  You need to remove at least 12 teams and basically make the NBA a 20 team league.  Take the 30 or 40 excellent players or at the very least very good players from those teams and put them in a draft, the worst teams pick first and so on.  That would mean the bad teams and teams losing money would disappear, and the mediocre or good teams become good or even great. 

BUT... that'll never happen... too many problems arise.  For one the union isn't going to allow 140 or 150 players to lose their jobs which would happen if you eliminate a dozen teams.  And league revenues would drop considerably to say the least.  The NBA would get killed, just on TV alone would lose hundreds of millions in the long run and a ton of cash immediately.   Advertisers and sponsors would spend a lot less knowing viewership decreased dramatically.....  not to mention thousands of jobs would be lost in the organizations losing teams and their respective cities would lose in a big way as well since business owners in every NBA city profit in so many ways because of the NBA.

The ONLY solution is A HARD CAP !!! The owners should have held their ground, missed a complete season and let the players take them to court.  And if they lose in court to the players then bankrupt the league and tell the players see ya later !!  A hard cap would mean parity would exist in the NBA... end of story.

 


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