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:
- David Stern morphed into Donald Trump and ignored league rules by killing the Chris Paul trade.
- They showed loyalty to Kobe with an unconscionable contract.
- They swung for the fences with Nash and Howard.
- 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.)
- 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.