Play Fantasy The Most Award Winning Fantasy game with real time scoring, top expert analysis, custom settings, and more. Play Now
Blog Entry

Danny Granger tweets: Call me 'Stern's B****'

Posted on: December 9, 2011 1:44 am
Edited on: December 9, 2011 2:19 am
Posted by Ben Golliver

NBA commissioner David Stern made the controversial decision on Thursday to step in and veto a trade that would have sent New Orleans Hornets point guard Chris Paul to the Los Angeles Lakers. The outrage over Stern's alleged over-reaching was fast and furious online, and not just among media and fans.

Indiana Pacers forward Danny Granger took to Twitter to express his mildly profane and brutally honest thoughts.

"Due to the sabotaging of the LA/NO trade by David Stern," Granger wrote, "and following in the foosteps of my athlete brethern (sic) Metta World Peace and Chad Ochocinco, I'm changing my last name to 'Stern's Bi#&h', effective immediately."

Here's the visual proof. Pretty classic. Especially cool if you happen to be an acorn or squirrel enthusiast.

Granger later clarified that he was "obviously kidding."

As both the NBA's Board of Governors and the National Basketball Players Association ratified the league's new collective bargaining agreement on Thursday, Granger's straight talk might have opened him up to a possible fine.

Tension regarding Stern's treatment of players was a hot topic during the lockout. Television commentator Bryant Gumbel criticized Stern for carrying himself like a "modern plantation overseer" and NBPA attorney Jeffrey Kessler said that Stern treated the players "like plantation workers."

Since: Dec 23, 2006
Posted on: December 10, 2011 9:46 pm

Danny Granger tweets: Call me 'Stern's B****'

Cravin you stated...

"Don't come at me trying to act all smart when you obviously have no idea what you're talking about. Watch I'll bet you'll be too embarrassed to respond to me now."

Where are you Cravin????  Look who didn't respond!  Are you too embarrassed to admit you were wrong?

Since: Dec 23, 2006
Posted on: December 9, 2011 9:22 pm

Danny Granger tweets: Call me 'Stern's B****'

BIGCHIEFS, you obviously know what you are talking about....and Cravin needs to do his homework.

I think this trade with the Hornets/Rockets was the first of another trade for the Lakers.  If this trade goes through the Lakers do not have a PF, unless you think the Lakers are going to start Derrick Caracter.  Something else had to be in the works.... 

Since: Aug 26, 2006
Posted on: December 9, 2011 8:13 pm

Danny Granger tweets: Call me 'Stern's B****'

@Craving and @#1Cowboys.  Craving your absolutley wrong.  The main motivation for the Lakers making this trade is the fact thay they get another marquee player to lock up with and extension while also clearing cap space and not having to pay luxury tax this year.  NOLA got the best of this deal as it stands with THREE immidiate starters and a #1 pick in 2012 which will be loaded with talent. 

As Cowboy said the 70 million you refer too is in signing "Bird Free Agents and Restricts"   Make no doubt about it the Lakers are way way over the cap and this deal saves them a ton of money and brings in a big name player but at the same time they are taking on the majority of the risk with an aging Kobe and a CP3 who has a bad wheel (bad knee or not he is the best PG in the league hands down)     Cowboy is also right that Gilberts main gripe about that trade is the money he would recieve due to the tax is now going to be less so it hurts him in the pocket.  All in all it was a great trade for all three teams involved and its sickening to see such power taken by Stern who has ruined his legacy the last two years especially the last five months.

Since: Dec 23, 2006
Posted on: December 9, 2011 7:33 pm

Danny Granger tweets: Call me 'Stern's B****'


You don't have a clue what you are talking about.  The Lakers are over the cap, period....It isn't a soft cap as it relates to bringing in other team's free agents.  It is only soft as it relates to your own free agents.  You can sign your own free agents to max contract when you are over the cap. You can still bring in other team's free agents and sign them to mid-level exception money, but no one who isn't willing to settle for an exception or minimum salary.  Once you hit the luxury tax levels, then you begin paying luxury taxes.  Who've mixed the two together. The Lakers will not be below the cap even after they amnesty Luke Walton, and will not be able to bring in any big name guys who are going to be paid max-contracts.  So they will not be able to sign Howard, Paul, or D-Will in 2012-2013 because THEY ARE OVER THE CAP!!!!

Dan Gilbert is pissed that the Lakers payroll in 2011-2012 goes down and he loses out on luxury tax money from the Lakers.

Try again Cravin! 

Since: Mar 17, 2008
Posted on: December 9, 2011 6:31 pm

Danny Granger tweets: Call me 'Stern's B****'

What I find hilarious is the idea that this veto somehow saves the league and is a step toward "parity" in the NBA.  Get your head out of the sand.  The league will never have parity. 

Face it, free agents like Lebron, Paul, Howard, etc. WILL NEVER want to play in a place like Cleveland, Milwaukee, or Portland.  Such is life.  The death knell of the NBA came when expansion into places like, Toronto, Vancouver, Charlotte, Orlando, etc. happened.  These are not the places people want to be.  I don't care how creative you want to make your CBA, or what your goal is.

You will never be able to change the fact that New York, LA, or Chicago is the place people want to be. 

All this veto did was magnify the obvious conflict of interest the owners have in owning a team, and lend credence to what appears the be the majority view these days that the NBA is fixed, and/or a joke.  Allowing the trade to go through would merely have confirmed what everyone else (besides the owners, obviously) already knew: the big market teams get what they want because that's where the big name players want to play.

Since: Dec 13, 2006
Posted on: December 9, 2011 1:24 pm

Danny Granger tweets: Call me 'Stern's B****'

The people who complain that this trade was fair was are morons. Had the league approved this trade with what the Lakers gave up it would've given them the cap room to resign Paul to a long term deal as well as Howard. Something like 40 million in cap space by the beginning of next year. Then we would've had another version of the Heat, this time in the western conference. It would've ended up being Lakers vs Heat in the finals for the next five years, and no one outside of those two team's fanbase wants to see that. That's why Stern stepped in and vetoed this trade. It had to be done for the sake of the leagues future.

Precisely. The most brilliant post I have read on these boards today.

Since: Dec 8, 2011
Posted on: December 9, 2011 1:18 pm

Danny Granger tweets: Call me 'Stern's B****'

Lol, that tweet is hilarious.  It's also funny that he actually needed to clarify that he was kidding.

Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: December 9, 2011 12:58 pm

Danny Granger tweets: Call me 'Stern's B****'

Plus the fact that their team salary was at $91 mil proves that they're willing to pay taxes. That's why they're trying to get rid of everybody other than Kobe so they won't have to pay as much in taxes. Which is evident by offering everybody but Kobe when they made it publicly known they were trying to trade for Paul and Howard.

Since: Jul 11, 2011
Posted on: December 9, 2011 12:57 pm

Danny Granger tweets: Call me 'Stern's B****'

granger's awesome bahaha

Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: December 9, 2011 12:50 pm

Danny Granger tweets: Call me 'Stern's B****'

#1Cowboys, Maybe you should do a little research before making ignorant posts. Yes the cap is set at $58.044 mil, but the tax level is set at $70.307 mil. And in case you don't know what that means, that means they won't have to pay taxes until they reach that $70.307 mark, hence a soft cap. So with the $28 mil from Gasol and Odom, plus them using the amnesty on Walton, and with Paul's contract coming off the books once he opts out, as well as whoever else's contract expires after next year they would've had the room to sign both Paul and Howard. And if not they would've traded away Bynum so they could then get the room. Don't come at me trying to act all smart when you obviously have no idea what you're talking about. Watch I'll bet you'll be too embarrassed to respond to me now.

The views expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not reflect the views of CBS Sports or