We do our Eastern Conference Preview. Predictions for the playoff seeds, who makes the finals, most/least improved, MVP, and top 5 questions. Download Episode 89
We talk about David Stern’s veto of the Chris Paul trade. Then we cover all the free agent moves and trades that have happened in the last 24 hours. Download Episode 88
- Asked if it would be worse for New Orleans if Chris Paul leaves through free agency, David Stern laughs maniacally and says, “if he is allowed ever to leave…HAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”
- David Stern also nixes Albert Pujols signing with the Angels as he is protecting competitive balance in all sports.
- Stern orders Shaq to lose 50 pounds and rejoin the Magic.
- Stern announces that New Orleans and Orlando are more than welcome to still trade their two superstars as long as they only trade with each other.
- Stern also announces that Blake Griffin will no longer be allowed to dunk as it is not fair that no one can stop him.
- Friends react awkwardly as Eddy Curry wonders out loud to them whether Stern will also nix his signing with the Miami Heat for the sake of competitive balance. Continue reading
The NBA took some heat for the extended and unnecessary lockout. It’s time for damage control. So the very first thing David Stern did, before the ink was even try on the new CBA was to kill the Chris Paul to L.A. trade. Winning the new CBA and getting 3 billion dollars back from the players was only the beginning apparently. David Stern is officially mad with power, he’s jumped the shark, he’s turned the NBA into a dictatorship….
What does this mean for the upcoming season? No one knows. I guess David Stern can now pick and choose whatever deal he does and does not want to approve. The NBA under Stern’s regime has been accused of being fixed for a long time. Ask Sacramento fans. I guess every trade has to be followed by “If David Stern Allows It.”
The sad part about this is the Hornets will never even come close to getting this much for Chris Paul. They were about to get Kevin Martin, Luis Scola, Lamar Odom, Goran Dragic and a 2012 first-round pick that Houston had acquired from the Knicks. Who is even going to come close to that? New Orleans basically received an entire starting lineup for Chris Pau. Houston would have gotten Pau Gasol and the Lakers would have gotten Chris Paul. We are now robbed of seeing Derrick Caracter and Ater Majok as the Lakers front line once Andrew Bynum gets his annual injury. OK, it wouldn’t have been that bad, the Lakers would have two trade exceptions after that trade, one worth 8.9 Million, so in theory they would have been able to fill the void on the front line with a pretty decent player.
So far the backlash from this has been pretty heavy. Twitter exploded as soon as this was announced, fans from EVERY team were pissed, even the usually loyal writers at ESPN wrote a number of articles criticizing this move. Oh and Chris Paul is planning on suing the NBA. He has a good case too. If New Orleans can’t trade Chris Paul by the end of the season (and I bet a lot of owners are going to be scared to even try, think about how awkward practice is going to be when Lamar Odom and Pau Gasol show up), he won’t be able to sign a max contract with that team. That means he could lose up to 30-40 million dollars.
Nice work Stern, what’s the next move? Are you going to make all the trades yourself for now on?
Lot’s of moves going on, Chris Paul to L.A., Tyson Chandler to N.Y., Eddie Curry to Miami and a ton of other movement. We talk about the new NBA rules for the coming season and do three top 5’s! The top 5 players that will get amnestied the fastest, the top 5 players that we do not want on the Knicks and the top 5 players that will miss more games than they play this season. Enjoy! Download Episode 87
According to Ken Berger of CBS Sports the Knicks are in the lead for Tyson Chandler. That came out of nowhere! For this to happen the Knicks would amnesty Chauncey Billups and trade Ronny Turiaf for….whatever they can get, probably a 2nd round draft pick.
I’m trying not to get too excited but just the thought of the Knicks with a defensive center makes me giddy.
We gear up for the upcoming season that is actually happening by talking about Boston possibly trading Rondo, the Chris Paul to NY rumors, half of the Nuggets stuck in China, a listener email, we rank the top 10 white guys in the league, and we guess where the top 15 free agents are going to end up. Download Episode 86