Pau Gasol and Chris Paul got into it a little bit at the end of tonight’s Lakers/Clippers game, a game which the Lakers won, 96-91. And like the cool kid hyping up his not-as-cool friend, Kobe Bryant was chirping in Pau’s ear all the way.
It all started near the end of regulation, with the game already decided. Paul approached Gasol, who had just been fouled, and tried to knock the ball out of his hands. Players sometimes do that when they’re frustrated. A seemingly amused Gasol then offered up the ball, and when Paul refused, Gasol little brother’d him, trying to play with his hair/tap him on the head, a demeaning thing to do to another guy (particularly when you’re a foot taller than that other guy, and there’s a bunch of people watching). CP3, as one would assume, did not take the attempted punking lightly.
Three teams pulled off a trade that would have altered the NBA landscape, only to have the deal squashed by commissioner David Stern. Chris Paul won’t be going to the Lakers, because David Stern said, “NO!”
The New Orleans Hornets finally reached a deal to get back some assets for Chris Paul, who they clearly believed was going to leave via free agency next summer. They traded Paul to the Los Angeles Lakers in a three-way deal that netted them Goran Dragic, Kevin Martin, Lamar Odom, Luis Scola and the Knicks’ 2012 first-round draft pick (via Houston). Then, NBA owners pushed commissioner David Stern to kill the deal.
Chris Paul traded to Lakers in three-team-deal! The Los Angeles Lakers have agreed to surrender Pau Gasol and Lamar Odom in a trade for New Orleans Hornets point guard Chris Paul, sources tell ESPN.com’s Marc Stein.
Update: Deal On Hold
The Los Angeles Lakers trade to obtain New Orleans Hornets point guard Chris Paul for Pau Gasol and Lamar Odom has hit a snag, sources tell ESPN.com’s Marc Stein.
Jarrett Jack hits his first and only basket with 9.3 seconds left and Chris Paul (27 points) records a triple-double to help the Hornets scrap past the Lakers 93-88 at home. This sends the best-of-seven first-round series back to Los Angeles at 2-2.