- Sep 16, 2011
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Paul joins the Lakers and Gasol gets shipped to Houston and Odom to New Orleans.
The decision that's made is irrelevant to the question of whether it's a conflict of interest.And it's not a conflict of interest for the NBA to send a star player to a big market?
The decision that's made is irrelevant to the question of whether it's a conflict of interest.
The NBA running a team creates a tremendous conflict of interest. Here are the two interests that compete:
1. Run the Hornets as profitably as possible.
2. Run the NBA as profitably as possible.
Those are not coterminal interests. I.e., they do not perfectly overlap.
Example - the folks running the NBA surely would prefer to have their top talent spread out.
The Heat 3 some is bad for the NBA.
How much did Cleveland attendance/money drop since LeClown left?
Did it counter the added $ in Miami?
Point is, spread out stars is better than concentrated stars.
So you could have a situation here where Paul leaving NO is better for NO in terms of end-of-day business profits, but bad for the NBA, because now when NO rolls into Cleveland, only the truly bored attend the game, and total interest in the NBA in Cleveland and NO goes down.
So it's very worrisome that the NBA is blocking this trade, because it smacks of monopolistic control of resources to the detriment of competition.