(Editor’s Note: This should have been written on the eve of the NBA Draft Lottery but I was running dumb errands.)
I could have posted a blog about why the New Orleans Hornets were certainly going to win the NBA Lottery because it makes too much stinking sense.
I usually hate sports conspiracy theories because they’re often manufactured by fans. And fans can be astoundingly stupid. But this one seemed to be a subtle certainty throughout the league and its fan base. It’s almost too funny to believe:
David Stern kyboshes a trade that would have sent Chris Paul to the LA Lakers. Knowing that he holds all the cards and the league has a direct interest in the team, he breaks it up and swaps with the LA Clippers instead and gets an even better deal.
The Hornets net Eric Gordon and rid of some awful contracts with a few more coming off the books. Then the Hornets tank the season, hoping to keep pace with the Bobcats who set a record for the worst win percentage in league history and what-the-hell-is-Michael-Jordan-eating-these –day references.
Then the tournament spotlights a true franchise big man that can be a perennial all star. He may be the best big man prospect in the draft since Dwight Howard. Even better, he’s mature and intelligent.
Then Tom Benson—the owner of the scandal-laden New Orleans Saints—finally buys the franchise a month before the lottery after passing on the offer for a year. HMM….
Yahoo Sports quotes a bunch of basketball executives as being maligned and infuriated with the lottery results, calling it a “fix.”
USA Today shows that more than 55 percent of fans believe the lottery was fixed.
You look at history and see franchises—Patrick Ewing for the New York Knicks and Derrick Rose for the Chicago Bulls—who truly needed the impossible to happen and it has, sometimes predictably.
And that’s what makes all this too convenient for a team that was owned by the league and couldn’t find a buyer in that terrible basketball market with no real chance of winning any time soon.
Anthony Davis should be one of the game’s bright young stars from day 2, but fairly amusing how he got there. Then again, I could ignore all the evidence that the draft is operated by an independent firm with representatives from each team present in the process.
By the way, the Nets didn’t get a top 3 pick and now lose their pick to Portland for the Gerald Wallace trade. Deron Williams is supposed to leave and they don’t have any chips to swap for a bitter Dwight Howard. I love this league.
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