NBA fans, executives, and players all think something fishy went on with last night’s NBA draft lottery.Like most conspiracy theories, different people have different reasons for wanting to believe that the lottery was fixed.
Some cite a fuzzy photo of a college basketball player in a hat, while others think back-room business dealings are to blame.
But they can all agree on one thing: this one goes all the way to the top!
In 2011, the Cavaliers got the No. 1 pick a year after LeBron James left the team in shambles.
In 2010, the Wizards got the No. 1 pick just as they were being sold to Ted Leonsis.
Basically, you could think up a conspiracy for every draft lottery every year.
But there is one weird stat: the teams with the worst record have only won the lottery 14.3% of the time, even though they get a 25% chance.
It seems like forever ago, but David Stern vetoing a trade that would have sent Chris Paul to the Lakers was a big, big deal.
A bunch of NBA owners and execs called foul, and it cultivated an impression that the NBA could dictate which players played for which teams.
It basically gave conspiracy theorists some free fuel.
4. The conspiracy within a conspiracy: the NBA promised the guy who's going to buy the Hornets that he'd get the No. 1 pick
This is something that Yahoo!'s Adrian Wojnarowski floated in his article today. An excerpt:
This is the problem for Stern, and will always be: Within his own league, they're dubious about him, his underlings, about the centralized power structure in New York. Stern created the mayhem of the Hornets season -- the vetoed Paul trade that disrupted the operations and balance of several teams -- and the fallout never relented. Here comes Tom Benson now, whose NFL organisation is mired in one of the great institutional scandals in pro sports history, walking into New York for the draft lottery with a bad team, in a bad arena, and leaving with a franchise star.
In the first draft ever, the Knicks miraculously landed the No. 1 pick and Patrick Ewing.
They did the draft different back then, an NBA official just picked a card out of a plastic bowl -- which seems like it's much easier to manipulate.
Basically the '85 draft started the whole meme that the NBA fixed things to produce good storylines.
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