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David Kahn insinuates NBA lottery is rigged?

Posted on: May 18, 2011 12:49 am
Edited on: May 18, 2011 12:46 pm
Minnesota Timberwolves president David Kahn apparently insinuates that the NBA Draft Lottery is rigged. Posted by Ben Golliver. david-kahn

Update: Here's video of Kahn's comments.

For years -- no, decades -- basketball observers have had suspicions about the NBA Draft Lottery. The process is hidden, ping pong balls are involved, and there are a bunch of hurt feelings because 13 of the teams present go home without the No. 1 pick.

Speculation about the lottery being rigged has always been a favorite custom of fans, but it's not something you ever hear spoken about, or even implied, by NBA executives. Until now.

Minnesota Timberwolves president David Kahn apparently implied in an interview with the Associated Press that the NBA's lottery process is not totally on the up and up.

Kahn's comments came after he joined Utah Jazz GM Kevin O'Connor and Nick Gilbert, the son of Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert, as the three finalists for the No. 1 pick. Nick Gibert suffers from a nerve disorder and eventually secured the No. 1 pick for the Cavaliers. 
"This league has a habit, and I am just going to say habit, of producing some pretty incredible story lines," Kahn said. "Last year it was Abe Pollin's widow and this year it was a 14-year-old boy and the only thing we have in common is we have both been bar mitzvahed. We were done. I told Kevin: 'We're toast.' This is not happening for us and I was right."
A "habit" of producing incredible storylines implies that it's not intentional or manipulated but simply the product of a track record. But the disclaimer "I am just going to say habit" screams "I am really, really bitter because this was totally fixed so that the kid would win."

Either this was the clumsiest language of all time or a crystal clear implication. I don't see any other interpretations. Surely, a clarification is coming. (Not to mention an apology for referring to a child with a nerve disorder and a widow as "storylines".)

Even the implication of impropriety is sure to rub NBA commissioner David Stern the wrong way and this isn't Kahn's first time getting on Stern's bad side. Kahn was fined $50,000 last July for comments made regarding Timberwolves forward Michael Beasley's marijuana use. A fine here wouldn't be out of the question considering what's at stake for the league: its reputation.

Here's video of Nick Gilbert winning the NBA Draft Lottery.


Since: Oct 31, 2007
Posted on: May 22, 2011 1:30 pm

David Kahn insinuates NBA lottery is rigged?

All of the NBA is rigged.

Since: Dec 4, 2010
Posted on: May 21, 2011 3:44 pm

David Kahn insinuates NBA lottery is rigged?

The NBA needs to draft like the NFL.  Period.

Since: Mar 16, 2009
Posted on: May 21, 2011 3:18 pm
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Since: Jul 8, 2007
Posted on: May 20, 2011 7:42 pm

David Kahn insinuates NBA lottery is rigged?

Yea, since Cleveland and Minnesota are HUGE markets. Top 2 picks...

Since: Jul 8, 2007
Posted on: May 20, 2011 7:40 pm

David Kahn insinuates NBA lottery is rigged?

Didn't the Wolves only have something like  a 42% chance of getting a top-2 pick?? So, they got LUCKY to get even that!

Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: May 20, 2011 11:19 am

David Kahn insinuates NBA lottery is rigged?

Then there was Patrick Ewing going to New York and Jordon going to Chicago both big markets.
I am so glad people don't let logic and common sense get in their way of thinking. 

Again, New York had an EQUAL chance of getting the first pick when they did. 

Chicago DIDN'T WIN THE LOTTERY!!!   Hellooo!  Jordan was not the #1 pick in the draft.  He wasn't even the second.  But SOMEHOW that was all rigged to put Jordan in Chicago.  The NBA FORCED Portland to take Sam Bowie #2. 

If you post your address, maybe everyone will donate enough money for you to buy a clue.

Since: Feb 20, 2008
Posted on: May 19, 2011 2:52 pm

David Kahn insinuates NBA lottery is rigged?

I really can't understand why each team can't witness the drawing??  They can be silent observers.....if they can't be silent then boot them.....or let them watch on a video feed but don't tell the team rep that's in Secaucus.........That's the only thing here....they for some reason live in a world where they think the public trusts lawyers......they trot out this guy from one of stern't law firms and were supposed to hold him to some imaginary standard.....oh can't be rigged a lawyer witnessed it?????????  Time for Stern to if Ewing was going anywhere but the Knicks

Since: Jan 1, 2007
Posted on: May 19, 2011 9:58 am

David Kahn insinuates NBA lottery is rigged?

Uhhh Washington, don't be a moron. Seattle and Portland had the 5th and 7th best chances of getting the top pick. Far from being the two teams with the longest shots; that would be the Hornets and Clippers. The Grlizzlies were shafted that year. Imagine if Durant was on the Grizz and not on the Thunder, though I guess Randolph would have never resurged then.

Since: Oct 6, 2006
Posted on: May 19, 2011 1:19 am

David Kahn insinuates NBA lottery is rigged?

None-sense! NBA lottery is as rigged as the WWE lottery...Like we all thought that Cena was moving to Smack Down. Hah.

Time to see those ping pong!!! Or is there??

Since: Aug 11, 2006
Posted on: May 18, 2011 8:34 pm

David Kahn insinuates NBA lottery is rigged?

Sorry, ACC, I'm an NHL fan when it comes to winter sports.  I haven't watched hardly any NBA playoffs.  If it's close late in the 4th I'll tune in, but I'm unable to watch an entire NBA game.  Far too boring.  In terms of this being the best NBA playoffs in a long time, that's fine, because the NHL playoffs are as good or better than this every single year.  To your point, though, I was wrong.  Most people thought, and wanted, a Lakers vs Celtics rematch.  If the Bulls make the Finals, that would be surprising as I didn't think they had any chance even at the start of the playoffs; ditto for the Mavericks.  If the NBA could provide this level of "unpredictablity" on a slightly more regular basis, I could probably buy into it a little more.  But, at the end of the day, 22 of 30 teams lost money this year and the NBA lost a combined $300 million IN SPITE of the fact that this was supposed to be a renaissance year for the NBA; or at least that's what ESPN has kept saying.  The league doesn't do well in attendance (loses to the NHL every season, in fact) and 3/4 of the teams do very poorly in regional TV ratings.  David Stern's bread and butter are sexy TV matchups.  That is where the NBA gets big audiences.  Consequently, Stern and Co. need the biggest players and the most popular teams to be the last ones standing.  The Spurs got terrible TV ratings whenever they made the Finals.  The NBA has a long way to go before it catches up to the NFL, MLB, and the NHL in terms of legitimacy. 

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