Chris Paul not coming to the Lakers: The Twitter reaction
It was a done deal. Chris Paul was headed to the Lakers, Pau Gasol to the Houston Rockets and Lamar Odom to the New Orleans Hornets in a three-team trade. In turn, Houston would send Luis Scola, Kevin Martin, Goran Dragic and draft picks to the Hornets.
Then the NBA intervened, putting the kabosh on the trade "for basketball reasons."
Paul tweeted: "Wow."
Odom tweeted: "When a team trades u and it doesn't go down? Now what?."
Gasol, the eternal optimist, tweeted: "Good night everyone! It's been a crazy day but as always I'm going to be & stay positive. Thanks everyone for your appreciation and support."
Gasol and Odom must now return to a team that was ready to dish them out, leaving the Lakers with a gaping emotional wound.
The fans seem pretty upset, too.
@DJD tweeted: "Chris Paul to the Lakers was the Kris Humphries' marriage of NBA trades."
@TasMelas tweeted: "Chris Paul tried to tweet his objection to Stern's ruling, but @NBA blocked it. #CP3jokes."
@jemelehill tweeted: "Chris Paul has wanted to leave for 2 yrs. If the owners were that concerned abt a conflict of interest, this should have been addressed."
@Ian_OConnor tweeted: "David Stern's colossal error in judgment on a dark day for the NBA."
Odom's wife, however, seemed unfazed by the news.
Khloe Kardashian tweeted: "I can survive anywhere... People are acting cra[z]y! LOL New Orleans is a great place. As long as I'm with Lam I'm good #bible."
-- Melissa Rohiln
Photo: Chris Paul and Kobe Bryant. Credit: Lucy Nicholson / Reuters