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David Stern expects your draft conspiracy theories now

Jun 11, 2012, 10:49 AM EDT

David Stern AP

When the New Orleans Hornets — still owned by the league, mind you, and about to be sold to the guy keeping them in New Orleans — won the NBA Draft Lottery and the rights to likely franchise changing first pick Anthony Davis, the conspiracy theorists were coming out of the grassy knolls everywhere.

Clearly the league rigged the lottery to reward new owner Tom Benson for keeping the team in the Big Easy. Of course, if the Bobcats had won the lottery Stern was trying to help out Michael Jordan. If the Nets had won it’s because they are moving to Brooklyn. If Cleveland had won it was more LeBron James payback.

All David Stern can do is shrug. Here is what Stern told CBS in an interview coming out this week, via the Sporting News.

“It has gotten enough sort of annual currency, that the one thing we want to do is even though we shrug it off and make a little fun of it, that we also make sure our process is about as airtight as it can possibly be and well reviewed and well viewed so there’s no problem.”

I’ll say it again, you are hard pressed to convince me that David Stern has convinced Ernst & Young to commit fraud on 29 billionaires. And if he did go through all that trouble, he’s doing to send Anthony Davis — arguably the best player and biggest name to come out of college in a decade — to the NBA’s smallest market.

But go ahead. Live in your fantasy world. I bet the aliens in Area 51 work with Stern to fix it every year.

  1. cakemixa - Jun 11, 2012 at 10:54 AM

    Haters gonna hate!

  2. hwatt - Jun 11, 2012 at 11:12 AM

    obviously the thing is rigged, lebron was drafted by his hometown, D Rose was drafted by his hometown, they mix it up sometimes to throw people off the trail. Now excuse me, I have my illuminati meeting at 250 0 hours in a secret location you’d never suspect…

    • 20dollardinners - Jun 11, 2012 at 12:03 PM

      The best player in a decade was drafted to… CLEVELAND. Seriously? If the NBA was rigged, the smallest markets would not be loaded. In that year, both Chicago and New York were in the lottery.

      Rather, New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Dallas, Boston, and Atlanta would all have top picks, whenever in the lottery.

      • hwatt - Jun 11, 2012 at 12:47 PM

        You can’t be obvious when rigging anything, that’s how you get caught. This is how the people like Stern and the Illuminati work. Subtlety is power.

        a little off topic, but 20dollar pm me for a huge tip. Hint… everyone needs water. We discuss secrets of OWNING municipal water supplies. Governments are going broke and they need up front money. Don’t be surprised to see NBA Water branded on team jerseys in the NEAR future. It’s going to be huge, man, but pm me for an opportunity to get in w Stern early. Better than owning a dumb bridge… you could be the 1%…

      • dacapt704 - Jun 11, 2012 at 4:28 PM

        But thats exactly WHY u have to build the small markets up…not to mention LBJ was FROM Cleveland..that helped their cause

    • gmsingh - Jun 12, 2012 at 7:51 AM

      What’s with all these ‘coincidences’ about basketball being fixed?

  3. j0esixpack - Jun 11, 2012 at 12:23 PM

    Perception can quickly turn into more than reality if a Commissioner keeps shrugging. There’s no shortage of conspiracy theories about officiating – helped by some very questionable technical fouls ( not to mention the lack of even one foul called on LeBron in Game 7)

    One official did jail time for betting on games and throwing the point spread so that’s reality, not perception

    Stern needs to address these things head on, not just shrug, or fans will believe conspiracies and stop being fans

  4. ebergevin - Jun 11, 2012 at 12:46 PM

    Judging by that photo, I would say the Jazz are due for a little help from the league office…

  5. southpaw77 - Jun 11, 2012 at 12:46 PM

    Stern shrugs off everything with a smug look.
    From everything to Donaghy being one rogue ref to Miami’s big 3 plotting to team up for 3 years while Lebron threw the series vs Boston with a so called bad elbow, to playoff seedings being busted like having an 8 seed play a 4 seed in the end round.

    The facts is the lottery itself should be televised and whoever has the number combination gets up like bingo and says we got it. You don’t see state lotteries held backstage and then the numbers announced later via envelopes do you? The numbers come up thru the shute on live tv.

  6. packhawk04 - Jun 11, 2012 at 12:56 PM

    Actually, i woudve been shocked if the hornets didnt get it. There was no way anyone could convince me that the hornets werent going to get davis.

  7. 00maltliquor - Jun 11, 2012 at 1:14 PM

    Anothony Davis the biggest name and best player to come out of college in a decade!?!?!?

    I love AD as much as the next guy but daaaaaaaaayum, that’s some serious kush you’re chief’n over there!

    He’s good, and I would draft him with the 1st pick, but I’m not even convinced he will even win R.O.Y. next year! And franchise changer, I not so sure about that, he’s a building block to help you win but not a #1 option and maybe not even a #2. His attitude and ethic will help change the culture in a positive way but he’s no Duncan type franchise saver or even Garnett-like as I’ve been hearing.

    • dacapt704 - Jun 11, 2012 at 4:31 PM

      LOL! I was thinking the same thing…I guess Melo, D.Rose, Blake Giffin werent big names coming out of college?? Hmmm…

  8. biasedhomer - Jun 11, 2012 at 1:58 PM

    Why do they hide behind Curtains when drawing the lottery?

  9. davidtmp - Jun 11, 2012 at 2:52 PM

    I disagree with the line “if the Bobcats won Stern would be helping Jordan”…..NO, if the Bobcats would have won, it would make sense because they had the best chance of winning. The teams with the best chance to win should be winning it more than they do. It’s become more of “Lets see which team jumps up and gets lucky this time”.
    And Cleveland already got payback for James, they had the top pick last year, but they got the pick from the Clippers. Little slight of hand throws everyone off!

  10. thraiderskin - Jun 11, 2012 at 3:08 PM

    I don’t know about all these theories, but there sure are a lot of coincidences in recent lotteries. Sort of begs the question, when the lottery is being drawn, which team absolutely needs the first pick the most? and I’m not talking about record-wise.

  11. thacloser86 - Jun 11, 2012 at 4:54 PM

    But the NBA didn’t own the Bulls or Knicks they owned the Hornets dummy

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