Earlier this week we saw the NBA, otherwise known as David Stern, use his power to veto a blockbuster deal sending perennial all star Chris Paul to the Lakers. Stern had received “multiple” complaints from owners that the trade was unfair and went against everything they had agreed on in the new collective bargaining agreement. Stern has faced an immense amount of criticism after nixing this deal because it seemed that any trade in the NBA would be unlikely, unless it was a superstar for a superstar. After the teams tried to reassemble a deal and then ultimately had a deal proposed, the Lakers backed out and traded Lamar Odom to the Mavericks. Then today, the NBA rejected yet another deal involving Chris Paul, except this time it was with the Clippers.
This entire situation has been way overblown, mainly because of Chris Paul’s star status. However, the biggest concern here is that David Stern is acting like a dictator. He has way too much power, especially when it comes to the completion of these trades. The way things are going, it looks like there will never be a trade again in the NBA. This should actually be a bigger concern for the small market teams because they are complaining that their star players are demanding a trade, forcing them to make a deal for lesser value. In reality, if they don’t make a trade and their superstar wants to leave, they will do what LeBron did to the Cavaliers and leave, giving their former team no compensation. If Stern does not change his ways, there will be a lot of tension in the NBA in the near future.