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07:12 AM ET 11.11 | Generally, Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak calls 'em as he sees 'em, and he was honest Sunday at an event for season-ticket holders. Kupchak said he expects smaller-market teams to benefit in the standings [from the current CBA]. ... Kupchak also gave credit to Commissioner David Stern, who is retiring in February, for globalizing the NBA game. "He's done so much for this [league with] his vision," Kupchak said. "... We'll miss him, with the exception of one moment." In 2011, Kupchak had agreed to a trade with the New Orleans Hornets (now Pelicans) and Houston Rockets to bring Chris Paul to the Lakers -- but Stern stepped in as temporary owner of the Hornets to stop the blockbuster deal. "Have you forgiven him for that one moment?" asked Lakers broadcaster Stu Lantz, moderating the event. "No I haven't," Kupchak answered.

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November 11, 2013  08:45 AM ET

Worked out for the league. Stopped a 2nd super team from creating. New Orleans was lucky Stern stepped in. They would have gotten the very bad end of the deal.

November 11, 2013  09:25 AM ET

Time Does Not Heal All Wounds, Bro.

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November 11, 2013  09:50 AM ET
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That was disgraceful. No way they should've blocked a trade that both GMs wanted.

So Stern screwed up once as a temporary owner. Compare that to Dolan's ownership of absolute stupidity and y'll realize it's not a big deal. He deserves to be forgiven. Move on Lakers! Us Knicks fans here are used to getting screwed by our crackhead owner.

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November 11, 2013  11:03 AM ET

That's why the league has no business 'owning' a team.

November 11, 2013  11:05 AM ET
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That was disgraceful. No way they should've blocked a trade that both GMs wanted.

you need ownership approval...and....

the owner of the team did not want it...the GM should have done his due diligence
and now

you got STEVE BLAKE AND NASH!!! lol

November 11, 2013  11:09 AM ET
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Commissioner,It would be a travesty to allow the Lakers to acquire Chris Paul in the apparent trade being discussed.This trade should go to a vote of the 29 owners of the Hornets.Over the next three seasons this deal would save the Lakers approximately $20 million in salaries and approximately $21 million in luxury taxes. That $21 million goes to non-taxpaying teams and to fund revenue sharing.I cannot remember ever seeing a trade where a team got by far the best player in the trade and saved over $40 million in the process. And it doesn???t appear that they would give up any draft picks, which might allow to later make a trade for Dwight Howard (They would also get a large trade exception that would help them improve their team and/or eventually trade for Howard.) When the Lakers got Pau Gasol (at the time considered an extremely lopsided trade) they took on tens of millions in additional salary and luxury tax and they gave up a number of prospects (one in Marc Gasol who may become a max-salary player).I just don???t see how we can allow this trade to happen.I know the vast majority of owners feel the same way that I do.When will we just change the name of 25 of the 30 teams to the Washington Generals?Please advise???.Dan G.

Lakers were given a second chance last year and they throw it all away! I don't understand why they're still crying when they had a chance to make it up but didn't do crap about it. Even if the league gives Lebron to the Lakers, I think the Lakers will still find a way to screw it up...smh

November 11, 2013  11:34 AM ET
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you need ownership approval...and....the owner of the team did not want it...the GM should have done his due diligenceand nowyou got STEVE BLAKE AND NASH!!! lol

Yep that is pretty much spot on. The problem was the Hornets were owned by the league which was the other owners. The trades were proposed by the GM prior to going through all owners. Trying to get all owners to agree on that trade when it didn't help them out was to be expected. The Lakers did the best they could after that, they traded for a player (Howard) that didn't want to play for your team at the same time getting rid of lemon (Bynum). In the end they cut salary and should be able to get one top FA if not two. I said this before I believe Lakers will be in the lottery, and this is a good year to be in the lottery.

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November 11, 2013  12:57 PM ET
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Actually it was a good move. The Lakers were stealing Paul for next to nothing. I applaud Stern for FINALLY standing up to them. First time in Sterns tenure.

New Orleans got a deal that was just ridiculously better from the Clippers anyway

they got what turned out to be the 10th pick in the draft
they got Eric Gordon who they signed to a long term deal

and by FAR the most important thing- instead of being a mediocre team- they were bad enough in the short term to land Anthony Davis in the lottery- which practically saved the franchise and helped the sale of the team


if the trade went through they would have had an expensive, mediocre team and by now all of those assets would be gone- if you remember Pau was not even going to New Orleans in the deal- he was going to Houston

in the end- the owners and stern did what was in the best interest of the team they were representing- PERIOD

November 11, 2013  01:00 PM ET
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Actually it was a good move. The Lakers were stealing Paul for next to nothing. I applaud Stern for FINALLY standing up to them. First time in Sterns tenure.

"The proposed trade would have sent Paul to the Lakers, Pau Gasol to the Rockets and furnished New Orleans with three top-flight NBA players in Kevin Martin, Luis Scola and Lamar Odom as well as playoff-tested guard Goran Dragic and a 2012 first-round pick that Houston had acquired from the Knicks. The general reaction among rival executives was that Hornets general manager Dell Demps did as well as he could under the circumstances after Paul told the Hornets on Monday he would not sign a contract extension this season and instead planned to become a free agent July 1, 2012."

Kevin Martin is a better player than Eric Gordon.

Scola is a solid PF and Dragic is a good PG.

November 11, 2013  01:02 PM ET
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"The proposed trade would have sent Paul to the Lakers, Pau Gasol to the Rockets and furnished New Orleans with three top-flight NBA players in Kevin Martin, Luis Scola and Lamar Odom as well as playoff-tested guard Goran Dragic and a 2012 first-round pick that Houston had acquired from the Knicks. The general reaction among rival executives was that Hornets general manager Dell Demps did as well as he could under the circumstances after Paul told the Hornets on Monday he would not sign a contract extension this season and instead planned to become a free agent July 1, 2012."Kevin Martin is a better player than Eric Gordon.Scola is a solid PF and Dragic is a good PG.

Plus, they would have received a 1st rounder.

The deal isn't better than what the Clippers offered.

November 11, 2013  01:02 PM ET
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Plus, they would have received a 1st rounder.The deal is better than what the Clippers offered.

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November 11, 2013  01:09 PM ET
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"The proposed trade would have sent Paul to the Lakers, Pau Gasol to the Rockets and furnished New Orleans with three top-flight NBA players in Kevin Martin, Luis Scola and Lamar Odom as well as playoff-tested guard Goran Dragic and a 2012 first-round pick that Houston had acquired from the Knicks. The general reaction among rival executives was that Hornets general manager Dell Demps did as well as he could under the circumstances after Paul told the Hornets on Monday he would not sign a contract extension this season and instead planned to become a free agent July 1, 2012."Kevin Martin is a better player than Eric Gordon.Scola is a solid PF and Dragic is a good PG.

its insanely better

ESPECIALLY since they ended up getting Anthony Davis which would of had no CHANCE IN HELL OF HAPPENING if they take that deal

Anthony Davis is worth more than ANYONE in that deal...at this point they would not even trade Davis alone for Paul


New Orleans got cap room, picks, and young players- instead of being saddled with a bunch of mediocre overpaid role players like Martin and Scola

the Clippers deal worked out AMAZINGLY for them


please DJ- stop being a bitter Lakers fan and face the facts- in retrospect- no New Orleans fan in the world would rather have that Lakers deal than the CLippers deal.

not even one

with that cap room they were able to get Ryan Anderson too

so- would you rather have

Anderson, Anthony Davis, Gordon or Kevin Martin who became a FA, Dragic who became and Scola who was AMNESTIED by the rockets....

it is not even a QUESTION which deal was better

November 11, 2013  01:10 PM ET
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And so instead of giving NO fans a decent team that would've been competitive and was maybe a player away......they received 3 years of then lottery and likely another one the year.Plus they have Eric Gordon's yucky contract?Not sure how that is a win.Again , how far in the future do you expect fans to wait?

you must be totally and completely insane if you think that team was a player away

Dragic was let go by his team

Scola was amnestied

Kevin Martin was dealt and then left as a FA


you couldnt trade those 3 guys alone, for Anthony Davis- not even CLOSE

and in the West they would have been LUCKY to even sniff an 8 seed- and would have gotten dominated in the first round if they had

 
November 11, 2013  01:11 PM ET

if you called up New Orleans and offered the Martin, Dragic, Scola, Pau and 2 first rounders for Anthony Davis alone they would laugh at you...record the phone call, and play it some more whenever they needed a good laugh

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