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NBA sets a dangerous precedent

By nixing the Paul-to-L.A. deal, the league makes a clear move against the big markets

Updated: December 9, 2011, 3:21 AM ET
By Ramona Shelburne | ESPNLosAngeles.com

For a little more than three hours Thursday evening, what always happens for the Los Angeles Lakers and their fans was a reality.

Chris Paul, arguably the best point guard of his generation was going to be a Laker. Andrew Bynum, who is either destined to be the Lakers next star center, or the trade chip that brings Dwight Howard to town, was still a Laker.

Fans in Los Angeles were buzzing, then salivating over what seemed like an inevitable second move to fill a hole at ...

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