I'm The Dan said:
Nobody said a word when the Celtics acquired Kevin Garnett (he was a top five player easily then) and Ray Allen (who was still at the top of his game). In fact, people cheered the move. To your point that, "people don't want the ending to movies they know the ending" comment; I disagree, because that same year, the Celtics won the finals and was rated one of the highest ever.
When LeBron and Bosh went to the Heat, everyone cheered it (boo'd LeBron, but cheered the 'super team').
When the Lakers get close to acquiring a superstar like CP3 to play with Kobe and Bynum, then it's "unbalanced."
That's my problem with the whole situation. It's not like the Lakers were giving up scrubs; they were giving up a starting PF and SF. One is considered an elite player while the other is considered an All-Star player.
I have a feeling the trade will get done, though. There has always been a history of ESPN pressuring the NBA into doing something. I was surprised to see all the hate from ESPN talking heads on this, so I expect the league to change it's decision. The deal might get updated a little, so it's not the same trade anymore, but I think it'll be about the same trade.
The Celtics did not trade for KG and Ray Allen... Everyone had a fair shot at acquiring them in the free agent market by offering the best deal with the best chance of winning... In the end Boston gave them the best deal with the best chance of winning... They did not leverage small market teams for their superstars... KG and Ray had no teams... The only thing that brings in money for small market teams are their star players... They arent like Boston, NY and LA who will make money regardless of the team's records... On top of that those players were no longer superstars and marketable figures they were at the end of their careers
And nobody cheered the LEbron to the Heat thing... WTF are you talking about?? That was the most scrutinized signing in recent memory... That was one of the reasons behind the lockout... It's outrageous to have superstars collectively team up in the big market cities... Owners of small market cities no they have no chance of getting TV play or marketing their team without a star... Bottom line you don't want stars to flock to major markets... You want stars collectively all over the country otherwise why have 30 teams when 8 of your 10 superstars on 3 teams...