Possibly the darkest day in recent memory for Los Angeles Lakers fans came just a couple of years ago when former NBA Commissioner David Stern vetoed a trade that would have sent superstar Chris Paul to the Lakers. In this three-way trade, Los Angeles would have acquired Paul, the Houston Rockets would have acquired Pau Gasol and the New Orleans Hornets at the time would have received Lamar Odom, Kevin Martin, Luis Scola, Goran Dragic and a first-round pick.
The issue was at the time the Hornets were a league owned team, thus giving Stern the power to veto the trade. Certainly the situation was like no other in the history of the NBA. It seemed as if Stern had some sort of a rift against the Lakers, who were champions the year before the deal. From that point on, it feels as if the entire Lakers franchise has been on a downward spiral. It was the beginning of the millions of Gasol trade rumors, it caused Lamar Odom‘s career to come down crashing and burning and the Lakers have not recovered ever since.
Instead, Paul is part of the former little brother, Los Angeles Clippers who have experienced the most success in their franchise’s history. The Lakers are now not only the worst team in Los Angeles, but the worst team in the entire Western Conference. Witnessing how much Paul has altered the Clippers leaves fans dreaming of the backcourt duo that could have been consisting of Kobe Bryant and Chris Paul. So, once again thank you David Stern for single-handedly destroying the Lakers.
Furthermore, it is only logical that new NBA Commissioner Adam Silver makes up for this tragedy by allowing the Lakers to win the NBA Draft Lottery. Although this would be a highly disliked move by the other 29 franchises, it’s only fair. Lakers fans will never let this go until justice is served.