Lakers Rumors: Clippers' Acquisition of Chris Paul a Slap to Lakers' Face By Zachary D. Rymer (Featured Columnist) on December 14, 2011 53,591 reads 99 Use your ← → (arrow) keys to browse more storiesNext Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images Chris Paul will be playing basketball in Los Angeles for the foreseeable future, but not for the Lakers. The New Orleans Hornets traded CP3 to the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday night.
Not surprisingly, that has people in Laker Land feeling pretty miffed.
According to a report from the Los Angeles Times, a person familiar with the Lakers' front office has it on good authority that members of the team's brass were "privately fuming" after the Clippers made their deal for CP3.
Which makes sense. Shoot, it's been less than a week since they thought they had a deal to acquire CP3, only to have it squashed by NBA commissioner and pseudo-Hornets-owner David Stern.
It was at that point that the phrase "basketball reasons" became a kind of underground internet meme, as that was the reason Stern and the league gave for squashing the trade.