Those of you who actually know me, know that I don't keep up with much news in the NBA, I don't watch many games, and I don't typically care about the inner happenings of the league. One storyline that has kept me interested however, has been Dan Gilbert's rants about how unfair it is that x happened, or unfair that y is happening. Today we're able to add an extra chapter to the Dan Gilbert: Douche bag biography.
Reports of a 3-team trade involving the Lakers, Rockets, and Hornets came out yesterday that would send Chris Paul to LA, Pau Gasol to Houston, and Lamar Odom, Kevin Martin, Luis Scola, Goran Dragic and a 2012 first-round draft pick to New Orleans. Shortly thereafter, there were rumblings that "some owners" (Dan Gilbert) had a problem with the deal because the Lakers would have both Kobe Bryant and Chris Paul. Not long after that, David Stern nixed the deal stating it was not a fair trade and since the other 29 teams in the NBA now own the Hornets, he can do that. Now Chris Paul is not showing up to camp, threatening to sue the league, and all teams involved in the trade are appealing the ruling. This was a terrible decision by David Stern; He should know by now to NEVER listen to Dan Gilbert. I wonder if he sent the message in Comic Sans...
1. Don't do anything and lose Chris Paul, have no talent on the roster, lose fans, lose TV deals, lose money, raise the unemployment rate in Louisiana, and finally dissolve the franchise.
2. Trade Chris Paul, who's going to leave in 66 games anyways, and receive 3 VERY good players in Kevin Martin, Luis Scola, and Lamar Odom, a 2012 1st round draft pick, and the opportunity to rebuild a franchise into a profitable business that could actually be sold to an individual instead of being league-owned.
I know not everyone has good deductive reasoning skills, some people can't do simple math, and some just don't care, but clearly the only option for the Hornets here was to trade CP3 and get not just anything, but actual quality players in return. Stern's blocking of this trade was possibly the single worst move he has made since taking over as NBA commissioner and will more than likely add to the list of reasons why he won't continue to be the commish in the future.
As for Dan Gilbert, he's proven time and time again that while he is a good businessman, capable of owning a multi-million dollar franchise, he certainly doesn't have much tact. He writes memos to his fans in comic sans font, and makes an absolute ass out of himself when he has a "that's so unfair!" temper tantrum. The league needs to stop worrying about what one owner has to say and do what's best for the league, or the NBA will lose the few fans they still have left.