Originally posted on Ball Don't Lie  |  Last updated 12/15/11
No matter what David Stern says, the controversy surrounding the Chris Paul trade(s) started because he was initially going to the Los Angeles Lakers, the league's marquee franchise. As Dan Gilbert's strongly worded letter showed, small-market clubs still harbor a good deal of animosity towards their big-market colleagues. It's not too surprising either, because the dynamic between those franchises is what caused the lockout in the first place. In the NBA's perfect world, that first veto would have solved this problem entirely. Unfortunately, CP3 now finds himself with the Clippers, who, awful franchise history aside, just happen to play in the same city and building as the Hollywood Lakers. With Paul and Griffin, the Clippers could become the league's new "it" team and drive even more attention to LA. Those are the kinds of changes that create new brands for a franchise and eventually turn them into destinations for free agents. We're a ways away from that outcome, and it's by no ...
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