Stern Ducks Question About Paul Trade?
No clear answer for Lakers fans.
No clear answer for Hornets fans.
No suitable explanation for why a deal that would have brought the Hornets the foursome of Luis Scola, Kevin Martin, Goran Dragic, Lamar Odom and the Knicks’ first-round pick was deemed inferior to what New Orleans settled for — Eric Gordon (who has played 2 games and will be a restricted free agent this summer), Chris Kaman (who is trade bait), Al-Farouq Aminu and a first-round pick from the Timberwolves that’s basically of the same value as the Knicks’ pick the Hornets would have gotten in the original deal.
“Buy a ticket and see. We’ll see how it works out,” is not a suitable answer.
Frankly, I reckon I’ve covered between 60 to 80 (David) Stern press conferences in my 17 years as an NBA writer, and I’ve never seen him duck a question like that.
I’ve seen him swat away bad questions, I’ve seen him belittle those who have posed ridiculous questions. I’ve seen him give an answer without actually answering the specific question that was posed, but I’ve never seen him duck like that.