Column: Stern makes a heavy-handed stand

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Yes, Stern was heavy-handed in blocking the deal at the last moment, though that’s his style. Yes, it’s unfair to players like Paul, Pau Gasol and Lamar Odom to be left in limbo while others make plans for their futures.

But the lockout was about more than just helping small market teams make a few bucks. They were supposed to have the chance to compete occasionally for a championship in what has always been a historically unbalanced league.

Sending Paul from a league-owned team to the Lakers on the first day of camp would have been a clear sign that wasn’t going to happen.

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Tim Dahlberg is a national sports columnist for The Associated Press. Write to him at tdahlberg(at)ap.org or http://twitter.com/timdahlberg

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