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Paul arrives at Hornets practice amid questions

Posted on: December 9, 2011 12:01 am
Edited on: December 9, 2011 5:02 pm

By Matt Moore

Update Friday 4:30 p.m. EST

Paul arrived at practice Friday in a black jersey. So for now, he's playing the part of a professional. Lamar Odom arrived at Lakers camp 40 minutes late, spoke with GM Mitch Kupchak, then left. He did not practice with the team. Pau Gasol is not in attendance. We're sure that wasn't awkward at all. 


Hours after a trade that would have sent Chris Paul to the Los Angeles Lakers in a three-way trade with the Houston Rockets was blocked by the league, ESPN reports that Paul will not attend Hornets training camp Friday in New Orleans. Ken Berger of reports a Hornets offical said it would be "very surprising" if Paul was in attendance. 

Paul is said to be "fuming" over the blocked trade and considering legal action. Failure to show up for camp will of course result in a fine, levied by both the team and the NBA. Which is convenient, since the NBA owns the team and that's the entire problem. Any fines levied would likely also be included in damages Paul would seek if he were to pursue legal action.

Similarly, Lakers forward Lamar Odom spoke with reporters and said he might skip the first day because "you don't want to be somewhere you're not wanted." The Lakers are obviously facing a serious situation with chemistry, with Pau Gasol described as "devastated" by the initial trade. The Lakers had a championship core and it now has to try and function despite the fact its management had deliberately opted to blow it up. And if you don't think Kobe Bryant was consulted before these moves, well, you're probably right since they didn't consult him on the coaching hire. But still. Going to be an awkward locker room for a while.

This situation threatens to undermind and detonate the fragile peace that had just been signed into form hours before as the league and owners ratified the new CBA. The players surrendered significant financial gains to protect their flexibility of movement. Now the league has simply circumvented that as well using its powers.

We thought the ugliness was over. It was looking like a season, how u. But now we're back to the same questions of fairness, morality, and individual player influence that dominated the discussion for five, locked-out months.

NBA training camp opens Friday.

Since: Feb 5, 2009
Posted on: December 9, 2011 9:40 am

Report: Chris Paul will not attend Hornets camp

Blowe007, the NBA players don't owe you shit!!  Your comments are ridiculous and show your obvious lack of understanding of how employment works.  You don't bargain with somebody to induce them to sign an agreement with an understanding of the rules of the game and then once they sign try to change the rules of the game. Fairness aside, its not legal.  I hope CP3 sues, not because I like him or want him to benefit, but because the NBA cannot have its cake and eat it too.  They negotiated from a position of strength and entered into an agreement outlining the rules of the game.  They cannot now rescind portions of the agreement simply because they wanted more in the bargain.  They already are exempt from U.S. anti-trust laws.  What more do they want.  You need to get a brain.

Since: May 22, 2008
Posted on: December 9, 2011 8:32 am

Report: Chris Paul will not attend Hornets camp

Another jealous person Ohh Boo hoo how about this another company offers to buy your services and your boss says no you cant go I know you dont want to be here and you have been sending out your resume and yes you want to go worjk there but no you have to stay here oh and by the way you have earned the money in the bank by playing your role with out complaining if you dont like thge game dont watch I am so tired oh fans acting lije the players are there pets and must preform because we spend our money to see them they dont force us we spend it so if you dont lije it stop spending you rmoney and your time get over yourself cause if the shoe were on the other foot you would do the same thing

Since: Mar 21, 2008
Posted on: December 9, 2011 8:01 am

Report: Chris Paul will not attend Hornets camp

This just show that mr stern is a fck sob.....he's evil ....i hate him for what he has done to the NBA.... i hope people will boycott all the NBA games. now my question is : who will stop miami? is this all scripted? damn u mr stern, go to hell !!!

Since: Nov 11, 2006
Posted on: December 9, 2011 1:43 am

Report: Chris Paul will not attend Hornets camp

What an angry man.  You  sound as if the players are taking food out of your mouth.  Get over it!  The NBA is strictly entertainment.  More people should see it that way.  If you don't like what's on the tube, don't watch it.  If you were in a position to play for pay who's to say you wouldn't react the same way.  In all honesty, you can't because you are not in that position and most likely never will.  Don't hate on others b/c they make millions and you don't...

Since: Jan 24, 2008
Posted on: December 9, 2011 1:12 am

Report: Chris Paul will not attend Hornets camp

OHH Boo-hoo! Tell you what, don't show up, and Mr. Stern make sure he doesn't get a paycheck in the process. I know that unless we (the fans who bust our asses doing real work) are taking paid vacation time, we don't get paid if we don't report to work. F U Chris Paul, stop being a baby and go play like a big boy! None of us feel sorry for you, you are acting like a spolied millionare child who has been on the silver spoon and feels that everyone owes him answers. No one owes you a damn thing, infact all you NBA players owe us.

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