Monday, November 11th, 2013 at 3:20 pm  |  13 responses

Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak Hasn’t Forgiven David Stern for Chris Paul Trade Veto

While talking to a group of Los Angeles Lakers season ticket holders, GM Mitch Kupchak touched on Kobe Bryant’s recovery from Achilles surgery, and admitted that David Stern’s infamous veto of the 2011 trade for Chris Paul remains a very sore point. Per the LA Times: “Kupchak acknowledged the franchise is preparing for the time after Bryant is gone. ‘He’s not going to be here forever. Just like Elgin [Baylor] wasn’t here forever, Jerry [West] wasn’t here forever — Wilt [Chamberlain], Kareem [Abdul-Jabbar and] Magic [Johnson],’ said Kupchak. ‘Everything runs its cycle.’ The difficult task ahead for Kupchak will be rebuilding under the difficult rules of the 2011 collective bargaining agreement. ‘The [CBA] really made a concerted effort to level the playing field in terms of taxes, the ability to sign free agents, the [salary] cap, the exceptions,’ Kupchak said. ‘We’re starting to see, slowly, some of the effects of that agreement. This is something that all the smaller-market teams in the NBA wanted.’ Kupchak said he expects smaller-market teams to benefit in the standings. ‘The owners … want, as much as possible, to level the playing field,’ he said. ‘I’m not sure we’ll be able to have three superstars and dominate for eight or 10 years. I just don’t think the new rules will allow that.’ Kupchak also gave credit to Commissioner David Stern, who is retiring in February, for globalizing the NBA game. ‘He’s done so much for this [league with] his vision,’ Kupchak said. ‘… We’ll miss him, with the exception of one moment.’ In 2011, Kupchak had agreed to a trade with the New Orleans Hornets (now Pelicans) and Houston Rockets to bring Chris Paul to the Lakers — but Stern stepped in as temporary owner of the Hornets to stop the blockbuster deal. ‘Have you forgiven him for that one moment?’ asked Lakers broadcaster Stu Lantz, moderating the event. ‘No I haven’t,’ Kupchak answered.”

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  • RayJr

    I never will.

  • Jeremy de Sa

    David Stern is a saint compared to the definition of corruption and evil aka Sepp Blatter

  • shockexchange

    Not to worry Lakers fans. The Shock Exchange hears Thor is available.

  • Lakers Legend

    a backcourt of cp3 n bean bryant would of been amazing. hes going to propel cross town rivals to new heights but he would of continued the lakers legendary legacy n win chips

  • Evan Boland

    Nor I.

  • robb

    when that trade was vetoed I was furious, I already had a CP3 wallpaper wearing a Lakers uniform on my computer. I couldn’t believe my favorite PG wouldn’t join the Lakers, it was surreal.

  • rande3p

    Kobe and CP3 on the same squad likely would have resulted in a ring or two … Stern knew

  • TrollStarHipHop

    Ruined a lot of our plans. Dwight could still be here and Melo or LeBron would’ve been enticed to come to LA.

  • Derrick Slanger

    well he was running the Hornets at the time. it only makes sense. I would not have traded Chris Paul for Gasol and Odom either…

  • Drig

    Could anyone bring me up to speed on how the trade has benefited the Hornets? Draft picks resulting in something?

    I just stopped caring about the Pelicans after the trade was nixed. Aside from catching up with Davis’ play on youtube, that is.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    well it gave them young talent, more cap flexibility, and it gave them the ability to not be middle of the road in terms of talent. honestly, the Lakers trade was much worse for New Orleans than the Clippers trade was.

  • nba7000

    so the lakers would have cp3, kobe, lebron, and dwight????? HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA i love fucken dumbass lakers fans thinking they are entitled to sign every player

  • TrollStarHipHop

    Uh, yes? Do you even realize how much cap space the Lakers will have in 2014? They would have enough to sign TWO players to the max. Fucking dumbass.