This is low class from Stern.
There were lots of reports at the time, including a full-length feature by ESPN on all the negotiations, that indicated that the Lakers did try to re-work the CP3 deal, but realized within a day, or so, that they weren't going to be able to put a package together that would appease the New Orlean's Sterns.
This is a low blow from Stern, saying Mitch panicked when he dealt Odom, blaming it for blowing up a potential re-worked deal with the NBA/Hornets.
This was the beginning of the undoing of Kupchak's career - a noble guy, buy all accounts - and Stern rubs salt in his wounds just a couple of months after he was fired.
"In the course of the weekend, we thought we could redo the deal," Stern said. "We really thought that Houston would be ready to part with [Kyle] Lowry, and we had a trade lined up for Odom that would have gotten us a good first-round draft pick. Not we, but my basketball folks.
"But Mitch Kupchak at the time panicked and moved Odom to Dallas. So the piece wasn't even there for us to play with at the time. So that was it -- just about what was good for the then-New Orleans Hornets."
Edited by UKUGA, May 28, 2017 - 03:46 AM.