Source: Kurt Helin, NBC Sports
But don’t expect a halftime tribute from the Lakers.
It all comes back to one thing: Vetoing the Chris Paul trade to the Lakers. Remember in 2011 right after the lockout ended the Lakers, Rockets and then Hornets had a three team deal where CP3 ended up a Laker and Pau Gasol a Rocket, Stern nixed it.
Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak summed up the feelings of Lakers fans well at a recent season ticket holder event, as reported by Eric Pincus of the Los Angeles Times.
“He’s done so much for this [league with] his vision,” Kupchak said. “. . . We’ll miss him, with the exception of one moment.”
Kupchak was referring to Stern’s scuttling of the Lakers’ trade for Chris Paul in December 2011, at a time when the New Orleans Hornets (now the Pelicans) were without an owner and being operated by the league.
“Have you forgiven him for that one moment?” asked Lakers broadcaster Stu Lantz, moderating the event.
“No I haven’t,” Kupchak answered.