Sunday, December 21, 2014
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Through the absolute madness that has transpired within the last 24 hours, many wondered where Kobe Bryant stood in all this. With Lakers training camp beginning today, members of the media wasted no time asking the Lakers superstar about the now nixed trade for Chris Paul.

Lakers reporter, Mike Trudell quotes Kobe on his take…

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Lamar Odom did not show up to the Lakers practice facility when practice started today.

Odom then showed up 90-minutes late to have a quick 15-minute “chat” with Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak.

According to Mark Medina from the LA Times, Odom feels he should stay away from the Lakers facility at this time:

“To me, I would think it’s better to stay away,” Odom told The Times on Friday afternoon in a telephone interview. “You know, the energy and all.

“I don’t know if it’s going to happen overnight or it’s going to be a drawn-out process,” Odom said about either being traded or staying with the Lakers and attending practice.

“I don’t want to offend the sport and the professionalism. Right now, I’ll be a fan of the game from the distance. But as of right now, I just don’t know.”

Odom is clearly upset that the Lakers agreed to trade him to New Orleans. An emotional Lamar Odom was heard in an interview last night explaining his initial thoughts.

Reports had Lakers spokesperson John Black saying that Lamar Odom is expected to be a full participant at practice on Saturday.

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The drama continues.

After the NBA world was flipped upside down yesterday by the news of David Stern’s decision to veto the three-team deal that would have brought Chris Paul to the Lakers, sources are now confirming that the deal may not be dead after all.

The Lakers, Hornets and Rockets are talking again this afternoon in hopes of finding a way to complete the deal that involved Chris Paul, Lamar Odom and Pau Gasol.

While it’s hard to say how the deal needs to be re-structured in order for it to pass through the Commissioners desk, it sounds like the willingness is there from all parties involved.

Representatives from the three teams have communicated and understand that they need to sweeten the deal for New Orleans, either through additional players or future draft considerations.

We expect this story will continue to be updated throughout the afternoon and evening. Stay tuned to our Twitter for the most up-to-date information.

 

 

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Prior to David Stern and the league office nixing the trade, Lamar Odom joined ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith in a radio interview.

Odom is heard clearly choked up during the interview. Here are a few notable quotes:

I let it all hang out last year, maybe I rubbed people the wrong way doing the [reality] show. When things come up you start to wonder and start to guess…I thought I showed that doing other things didn’t affect me but maybe it affected others. But now im guessing because its all in the air.”

“I got the 6th man of the year award and my teammates came, but my coaches didn’t come. That’s a little weird right?”

“If it does happen, it was a great time. I got to play in front of Jack [Nicholson] and Denzel [Washington]. I found my wife in L.A., my family, the team. I had a a lot of pride playing for them.”

“This is home, my family is here. L.A. is a part of me for more than one reason. Everywhere I go people show me love, I love the fans, the people I met and the connections.”

Lamar Odom showed up to the Lakers practice facility 90 minutes late today. Reports said he met with Mitch Kupchak, and then left.

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Wait… what!? That can’t be true.

That was my initial reaction to the news that Commissioner Stern had exercised his power to be as brainless (and irresponsible) as his little Grinch-heart so desired. And while much of this made-for-TV drama has centered around Chris Paul, Lamar Odom and Pau Gasol, this really has nothing to do with them, or the three teams directly involved.

The last 5+ months of extensive (and mostly inept) labor meetings impersonated a battle built primarily around greed.

But that wasn’t it at all.

Had it been about money, the player’s willingness to give up hundreds of millions of dollars in salaries would have ended the lockout months ago. More than dollar signs, the owners wanted the power to control and limit player movement – something they believed would allow them to improve the competitive balance of the league and enrich the plummeting value of some smaller market teams.

In hindsight, the lockout was probably closer to 10% about money, and 90% about power, which doesn’t sound so bad when you realize that yesterday’s decision by Stern was 0% about money (or the best interest of the Hornets) and 100% about power.

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Now with basketball back in action, Laker Nation has decided to continue to take you back through Laker history to recap important games, record-breaking performances and memorable news from the past 64 years of the franchise.

DECEMBER 9, 1977
HOUSTON ROCKETS 116 – LA LAKERS 105

WASHINGTON’S PUNCH ROCKS TOMJANOVICH, NBA CHANGES STANCE ON FIGHTING

While the NBA currently polices its players in any retaliatory actions or instances of fighting, the league at one time was synonymous to the NHL in terms of brawls. While players would get ejected from games for fighting, suspensions were incredibly uncommon and skirmishes were considered part of the action for the most part – at least until one December night when the visiting Houston Rockets came to Los Angeles.

When Rockets center Kevin Kunnert and Laker forward Kermit Washington would fight for a rebound, Laker center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar would come to intervene, pulling Kunnert back from the fray while leaving him vulnerable to a punch from Washington. As Kunnert would drop to the floor, Washington would see Houston forward Rudy Tomjanovich running towards him out of the corner of his eye. Instinctively, Washington would jab Tomjanovich directly to the face, knocking Tomjanovich to the floor, who began to writhe in pain as a pool of blood began to form. Known as a peacekeeper around the league, Tomjanovich’s collapse would cause the Forum crowd to grow deathly silent as medical staff began to tend to his injuries.

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In a previous report, Lamar Odom was quote “in disbelief” and doubted he would attend the opening day of training camp today.

According to Mike Bresnahan at the LA Times. Odom has not shown at Lakers practice, yet Pau Gasol is in attendance:

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Also very interesting that the Lakers will not take legal action against the NBA.

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This just released from the NBA league office.

In response to inquiries, NBA Commissioner David Stern released the following statement:

Since the NBA purchased the New Orleans Hornets, final responsibility for significant management decisions lies with the Commissioner’s Office in consultation with team chairman Jac Sperling.

All decisions are made on the basis of what is in the best interests of the Hornets. In the case of the trade proposal that was made to the Hornets for Chris Paul, we decided, free from the influence of other NBA owners, that the team was better served with Chris in a Hornets uniform than by the outcome of the terms of that trade.”

Stay tuned to LakerNation.com for updates.

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According to ESPN, the three teams involved in the Chris Paul trade (Lakers, Rockets, and Hornets) will appeal the NBA’s decision to nix the trade:

The three teams involved in the Chris Paul trade blocked Thursday by NBA commissioner David Stern are appealing to the league for Stern to reverse the decision, according to sources close to the process.

There is no indication yet that Stern is prepared to reverse course after taking the dramatic step of blocking the league-owned New Orleans Hornets’ decision to deal Paul to the Los Angeles Lakers.

Technically the NBA can say they simply pulled the deal off the table because the NBA “owns the Hornets”.

The NBA did not issue an explanation to Mich Kupchak, or the Lakers organization. According to Kevin Ding from the OC Register, Kupchak was seen leaving the Lakers facility last night with the teams lawyer.

Also the report is somewhat confusing stating that the Hornets will appeal the decison. Again, technically “the Hornets” are in fact “The NBA”, as the league owns the franchise.

What it basically means is Hornets GM, Dell Demps, and the people that were given free-reign to run the Hornets are most likely appealing the decision.

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More is sure to come out as an in-depth explanation needs to be made from the league office regarding the veto of the Chris Paul trade.

What we now know is what Bloomberg News is reporting after catching up with Stern briefly:

National Basketball Association Commissioner David Stern said today he vetoed the trade of Chris Paul to the Los Angeles Lakers because it was “more valuable” to keep the All-Star guard with the New Orleans Hornets.

Stern spoke in a brief interview at the NBA’s New York headquarters building a day after blocking Paul’s trade to the Lakers.

NBA spokesman Tim Frank said earlier that the deal was blocked for “basketball reasons.” The league owns the Hornets and is trying to sell the club.

Stay tuned for LakerNation.com as this story continues to develop.

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A nixed trade by David Stern and the league office obviously angers many basketball fans.

More importantly how are the players involved in the nixed trade suppose to move forward? Knowing the team they play for wanted to trade them away.

Sources say that Chris Paul, will not attend Hornets training camp, and is willing to fight this decision legally. Paul has been in conversations with the NBPA Director Billy Hunter to discuss his options.

Now the LA Times reports that Lamar Odom doubts he will show up to the Lakers facility when camp opens on Friday:

“Maybe I’ll see you there tomorrow [at practice],” Odom said. “But I doubt it. You don’t want to go to no place you’re not wanted. I’ll try to give them what they want as much as possible.”

The Lakers open training camp Friday at their facility in El Segundo.

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According to Chris Broussard of ESPN, Dwight Howard’s #1 destination is now the New Jersey Nets:

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As earlier reports stated, the Nets are still prepared to offer Brook Lopez, and two first round draft picks in exchange for Dwight Howard’s services.

Free agency officially begins on Friday, December 9th.

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The Chris Paul trade may be in jeporady.

According to Yahoo! Sports, Adrian Wojnarowski, NBA owners were irate that the (NBA owned) New Orleans Hornets agreed to this deal. According to a source the NBA has killed the potential three-team swap:

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Stay Tuned to LakerNation.com for updates on this on-going situation.

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With the Lakers off to a poor start, trade rumors have begun to swirl around Kobe Bryant, leading many to speculate if he'll leave for greener pastures. Kobe puts those rumors to rest in his interview with Yahoo Sports.