NBA is Back: Let the Fun Begin

My apologies to all of our readers for taking a short hiatus and not producing the Twitter Takeover that you desire so much, I just couldn’t take it anymore.

The constant thought of “Who’s playing tonight? Oh yeah, nobody,” was tearing me apart.

I won’t go into the details about how bad it got for me, but let’s say NBA commissioner David Stern somehow managed to veto my proposal of suicide.

And with good reason. WE’RE BACK BABY!

But down to business now, we have a lot of stuff to cover. Free agents, trades, Stern killing trades, Stern killing morale, and 27-year-olds retiring.

CP3 Stays Put, Stern Re-kindles Hatred, Roy Retires

The biggest development thus far since the NBAPA and the NBA Owners came to an agreement has been the near-trade involving Chris Paul of the New Orleans Hornets.

The proposed trade was between the Hornets, Los Angeles Lakers, and Houston Rockets. The trade would have sent CP3 to the Lakers, forward Pau Gasol to the Rockets, and the Hornets would have received Lamar Odom, Kevin Martin, Goran Dragic and Luis Scola.

The league, which assumed control of the New Orleans basketball franchise last season, vetoed the trade. This statement was released by Stern.

This of course raised eyebrows across the NBA community. Many were left speechless and some are still scratching their heads.

Yup, that about sums it up. And apparently the likes of Odom and Gasol were not informed of this blockbuster until the trade was denied.

But honestly, can you blame the guy? Odom has done much to improve his physical presence on the court as was as his skills. Odom wasn’t the only player to be affected by the near-trade.

As the day progressed, and more than likely in an attempt by the NBA to save face in the situation, trade talks resumed involving Chris Paul starting for the Lakers this year.

It is believed that the terms of the trade will be modified a bit involving more compensation cash and/or draft picks.

Luckily Stern can’t veto a free agent signing (at least I hope not), and yesterday the New York Knicks signed free agent Tyson Chandler.

Knicks fans were asking for a big man and they received a premiere defensive force in the league.

The warm reception is already being felt in New York.

In other news being heard around the league:

Shane Battier was picked up by the Miami Heat.

Caron Butler joined the Clippers.

Vince Carter has been waived by the Phoenix Suns and is rumored to be in talks with the Dallas Mavericks, possibly leading to a reunion between Carter and former Nets teammate Jason Kidd.

Gilbert Arenas was waived by Orlando and Richard Hamilton had his contract bought out by the Pistons.

In the saddest news this week we learned that Brandon Roy is retiring from the NBA due to chronic knee problems.

If you have not been keeping up around the league than shame on you my friend. You can click here to gain knowledge on other trades, signings, and releases.

#5. Is nothing sacred anymore? I just finished talking about Roy retiring too early, and this fella Jeff McDonald is already making fun of him. More from McDonald here.

#4. More from the conspiracy theory that surrounds the Paul trade. This one is from Bruce Arthur, and you can follow him by clicking here.

#3. Staying on the topic of the CP3 no-trade, Marcel Mutoni won’t be starting his comedy career with this tweet, but shares it nonetheless. Follow Mutoni here.

#2 Russ Bengtson has a proposal that Kareem Abdul-Jabbar would love. And that’s real. Get more from Russ by clicking here.

#1 Back to the free agents looking for new teams this season, Bengtson also weighs in on the Arenas situation.

About Bucky Chini

Basketball is not my life, but humor is. A little controversy doesn't hurt either. That's why Shatter the Glass has employed me to construct the Twitter Takeover. Each week I will bring you the hottest news and funniest tweets via Twitter. Enjoy.

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