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Chris Paul ruling: David Stern says Paul more valuable to Hornets

December 9, 2011 | 11:05 am

Chris Paul

--The Times' Mike Bresnahan and Broderick Turner report several nuggets regarding the NBA's decision to block a trade that would've sent Chris Paul to the Lakers. Pau Gasol, who would have been traded to Houston, felt "devastated" about the initial trade. Odom, who would've gone to New Orleans, said he's unsure if he will report Friday to Lakers' training camp. Shannon Brown also plans to sign with the Phoenix Suns. 

--NBA Commissioner David Stern told Bloomberg why he nixed the Paul deal. "The decision was taken that Chris Paul in New Orleans was more valuable than the trade that was being discussed."'s J.A. Adande wonders about the implications behind the NBA's decision to block the Paul trade. 

--CBS Sports' Ken Berger argues the NBA acted like a second-rate bush league by blocking the Paul trade. 

--The Times' John DeShazier argues the nixed Paul trade hurt the Hornets. 

--The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding reports the NBA told the Lakers nothing about the proposed Paul deal.

--The Houston Chronicle's Jonathan Feigen argues Stern damaged the NBA's credibility. Feigen also explains how this hurts the Rockets' rebuilding effort's Scott Howard-Cooper looks at all the story lines surrounding training camp. 

--Ball Don't Lie's Eric Freeman criticizes the NBA for not observing its own rules. 

--ESPN Los Angeles' Andy Kamenetzky wonders about the ramifications behind the NBA blocking the Paul trade. 

--ESPN Los Angeles' Brian Kamenetzky lists a few unanswered questions about the blocked trade. 

--Fox Sports' Mark Kriegel believes the Hornets got shafted. 

--Sports Illustrated's Zach Lowe believes the NBA could've prevented this mess by instituting a hard cap, franchise player tag, draft pick compensation or unlimited maximum salaries. 

--ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin mentions how former Lakers Coach Phil Jackson once feared the NBA could reject a Paul trade.  

--The Orange County Register's Jeff Miller expresses appreciation for what Pau Gasol has done for the Lakers.'s Shaun Powell is perhaps the lone person here defending the league stepping in on the Paul trade. 

--The Times-Picayune's John Reid reports Paul isn't expected to arrive at Hornets training camp on Friday. 

--ESPN Los Angeles' Ramona Shelburne argues the NBA set a dangerous precedent in blocking the Paul trade. 

--Grantland's Bill Simmons pokes fun at the NBA's decision to block the Paul trade. 

--The Houston Chroncils' Jerome Solomon believes the NBA's blocked trade will become a monumental day in league history. 

--ESPN.coms' Marc Stein reports the Lakers, Rockets and Hornets are appealing to the league for Stern to reverse the decision.

--Sports Illustrated's Ian Thomsen argues the NBA made things even worse with the Hornets franchise by killing the Paul trade. 

--The Daily News' Elliott Teaford reports the Lakers are expecting Gasol and Odom to show up to training camp Friday.'s Michael Wilbon calls the league's move to block the Paul trade "vindictive, onerous, agenda-driven and spectacularly petty."

--Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski obtained an email in which Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert urged Stern to nix the Paul deal. 

--Silver Screen and Roll's C.A. Clark argues Paul's blocked trade should jeopardize the NBA season. 

Tweet of the Day: "WoW." -- CP3 (New Orleans guard Chris Paul in reaction to the news that the NBA blocked a trade that would've sent him to the Lakers)

Rick Friedman Reader Comment of the Day: "The NBA just set a terrible precedent. They will never be able to dictate where a player can and cannot be traded. The players will never stand for that. Paul can just as easily sign where he wants to next off season and the Hornets will be left with nothing and will have the league to thank." -- Chris Raymond

-- Mark Medina

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Photo: NBA Commissioner David Stern nixed a proposed trade that would have sent New Orleans guard Chris Paul to the Lakers.  Credit: Gerald Herbert / Associated Press