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4. Any rule that finds a way to exclude the Lakers from keeping their draft pick.

Too bad, Bill, the Lakers moved up to #2, while Phoenix was punished for tanking so badly to pass the Lakers, and ended up with the #4 pick.

The Lakers earned a little good NBA karma for five reasons:

  1. David Stern morphed into Donald Trump and ignored league rules by killing the Chris Paul trade.
  2. They showed loyalty to Kobe with an unconscionable contract.
  3. They swung for the fences with Nash and Howard.
  4. They competed hard the entire season, including a late 5-game winning streak where they beat Memphis and San Antonio (Popovich earned some bad karma for tanking this game in the hopes of ruining the Lakers’ lottery chances.)
  5. Before the injuries earlier this season, the team was 10–10 and had a better record against the top teams than the Celtics. Fans were excited by their effort and unselfish style and dreamt of sneaking into a #8 seed.

If any team deserves bad karma, it would be your Celtics. They should be serving time in the big house for abusing the Nets. I didn’t know there was a form of necrophilia where the dead get busy on the living, but apparently the corpses of Paul Pierce and Kevin Durant did just that in Brooklyn.

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