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Hornets, Lakers, Rockets to appeal Stern’s trade veto


NBA executives around the league are shocked — never before has the league stepped in to block a trade, even ones that appeared painfully lopsided — but they have used that power now.

And the teams involved don’t like it.

The Lakers, Hornets and Rockets will appeal the cancellation of the three-team trade that would have sent Chris Paul to the Lakers, reports ESPN.

The question is will it work.

On one hand, the only people who can reverse this decision are David Stern himself or the owners, at whose behest Stern axed the deal. There would be public pressure to reverse course, but to do so would make a disasterous PR situation for the NBA even worse. Plus, the small market owners want their power back and do not like this.

There are reports the Hornets may try to reconfigure the deal and sweeten it somehow, which would allow the league to approve it and have an out that saves face. Relatively.

Stern commented on the motivation to Bloomberg News.

`The decision was taken that Chris Paul in New Orleans was more valuable than the trade that was being discussed, David Stern tells Bloomberg

So this was about the sale of the Hornets? The League owns the Hornets right now and is trying to find a buyer, is Stern saying they can’t do that at a good price without Paul?

Whoever buys the Hornets will have to fast come to the realization that Chris Paul is not going to stay with the team, he will leave as a free agent if nothing else. So I don’t understand how that could impact franchise value. Also, isn’t that owner going to want to get some value for Paul rather than letting him go for nothing? Does anyone think there is a better deal on the table right now than the Hornets getting Lamar Odom, Kevin Martin, Luis Scola, Goran Dragic and a first-round pick?

Chris Paul and the NBA players union continue to consider leagal action as an alternative. So this could end up an issue in federal courts.

The question to Stern is the owners becomes simply this: Which is worse, to keep fighting this battle or admit you were wrong?

Sixers’ Wilbekin hits game-winning three vs. Cavs (VIDEO)

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LeBron James sat out the Cavs’ preseason game against the Sixers on Thursday night, but Cleveland still held the lead for all but the final 5.4 seconds. Then, Sixers rookie Scottie Wilbekin did this:

Wilbekin, who played college ball at Florida, has a chance to earn legitimate minutes for the Sixers this season as they try to find young talent on the cheap. This is a good start.

Derrick Rose’s eye still swollen, will rejoin Bulls Monday

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Eight days ago, Derrick Rose had surgery to repair a fractured orbital bone suffered in training camp. The Bulls said he would be ready to resume basketball activities in two weeks, and in the meantime will rejoin practice soon. That part is still on schedule — head coach Fred Hoiberg says Rose will be with the team when they return to Chicago on Monday following a two-game preseason road trip, but unless the swelling in his eye dies down, it could be a little longer before he can start practicing again.

Via K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune:

It’s not ideal, but since there’s no structural damage to Rose’s face, once he’s cleared to resume practicing, it’s just a matter of getting back into game shape before he can start playing in games. The team is still optimistic he’ll be able to play opening night against the Cavaliers on October 27.