I remember being so excited for the NBA Lockout to end. Kept telling myself that if there was a season this year, even if it were only a shortened one, I would watch damn near every game. Even when the Bobcats played. Then, it happened. The new Collective Bargaining Agreement was reached and the NBA was set to begin on Christmas day. I was ecstatic. Briefly. In a single moment, Dictator David Stern dashed all my hopes and praise for the NBA when he vetoed that trade to send Chris Paul to the Los Angeles Lakers. Sure, I may be a Laker fan and you may call this biased, but David Stern did a whole lot more than ruin the dreams of Laker fans, he demolished the credibility of the league. This is the COMMISSIONER of the league, his decisions and actions are supposed to be impartial and for the benefit of the league he runs. His action make me think that people like Mark Cuban are right when they say the NBA is, and has been, rigged. His veto makes me wonder what else has gone on behind the scenes, is Stern just a big bully in a giant playground with Timberwolves, Rockets, and Wizards as his playmates? His power in this without anyone so much as wanting a concrete reason behind his decision besides his ‘basketball reasons’ statement makes this die hard Laker fan think the unthinkable… what if those playoff games against the Kings really were rigged? No, no longer am I ecstatic about the return of the NBA. No longer do I care who raises that championship in the finals. I don’t think I’ve watched more than 5 or so games all season. No, this bitter taste in my mouth just won’t go away. My heart is no longer in it, and that is a crushing realization. Maybe in time that will no longer be the case, but as of now - after seeing a glimpse of what could have been at the All-Star game, for me, David Stern ruined basketball.
Rasheed Wallace signing to the Lakers reminds me of when Dennis Roddman signed with the team as a veteran… & didn’t do anything to benefit the team. This could be the end of Gasol as a Laker or ‘Sheed may be used as a trading piece.
Back To School Special.
Russell Westbrook, Baron Davis, Kevin Love and Puff Daddy (yes, Puff Daddy), are all attending the same class at UCLA.
I wonder which one of them will pay someone else to write their paper first.
via Kevin Love