Yesterday was nearly one of the most purely entertaining non game days in NBA history, that is until the Stern Veto. Looking on the bright side, there are a few things that seem worth highlighting in the aftermath.
1. Any player can be offered in a trade it's a business. Many thought STAT and Melo were untouchable. Yesterday was a reminder, no one is untouchable.
2. If the NBA Players Union doesn't get serious about starting their own league within six years they deserve no sympathy.
3. Small market teams are driving the "competitiveness" ideology because of self interest
a) it increases the value of their team rather than their league
b) They get great players (increasing their team's value) via top draft picks by playing poorly, something they can control but must to be competent to keep star players (losing them decreases their teams value) something most owners feel powerless to control.
c) Population, money, and NBA specific fans are mainly in large market cities like Boston, Chicago, New York, LA, Philly, DC. Spending so much time trying to market away from your largest proven fan base is not a sure fire economically sensible strategy.
4. There are no rules that can dull the powers of incompetence.
As long as becoming an NBA owner is 99% based on financial considerations, there will always be teams at a disadvantage. Most owners don't know enough about their product, the game.
Lakers and Clips are the quintessential comparisons, same metro area, same stadium. Clippers have had better draft picks every year for 20 years. One is known for extreme success, the other for extreme futility. Yesterday NO tried, unsuccessfully, to trade CP3 to the Clippers. The Clips preferred to keep Eric Gordon and sign the 31 y/o Caron Butler for 24mm over 3 years thus opening the door for...the Lakers to get Chris Paul.
5. "It takes a lifetime to build credibility and an incredibly short period of time to lose it." quote from the toilet flushing David Stern's legacy into the East River.