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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 CBSSports.com video of Nick Gilbert winning the NBA Draft Lottery.


Comments

Since: Mar 9, 2008
Posted on: May 18, 2011 10:01 am
 

David Kahn insinuates NBA lottery is rigged?

Why don't they do the ping pong balls out in the open?  No way does that help or hurt any team before, after or during the season.  When things are done "secretly" there is always going to be a chance to question.



Since: Mar 19, 2008
Posted on: May 18, 2011 9:58 am
 

David Kahn insinuates NBA lottery is rigged?

Why don't they just show live the ping pong balls being drawn?  That would eliminate most of the insinuations.




Since: Jan 9, 2007
Posted on: May 18, 2011 9:56 am
 

David Kahn insinuates NBA lottery is rigged?

"Why doesn't the NBA eliminate all the conspiracy talk by doing the lottery live. Instead of picking the ping pongs behind closed doors, why not do it out in the open to show everybody what the dealings are?"-
Easy answer, then they wouldn't be able to fix it.  nba ref Tim Donahey did jailtime... not even nfl refs, who look like thjey fix games, ACTUALLY did jail time. good job NBA.



Since: Apr 30, 2007
Posted on: May 18, 2011 9:55 am
 

David Kahn insinuates NBA lottery is rigged?

This is because teams would be tanking games 3/4 of the way through the season if they know that they will not make playoffs.  Too many games to be tanked and it would be much worse for basketball.  Can you imagine 14 teams trying to lose their remaining 20 games of the season?


Sounds good on paper, however, a team still needs to keep its fanbase coming to games.  So, IMO it is just an excuse



Since: Jul 17, 2008
Posted on: May 18, 2011 9:43 am
 

David Kahn insinuates NBA lottery is rigged?

To the guy who said the whole league is rigged, you're a fool. If the league were rigged, how come we've only had 1 series go 7 games? The T=wolves had a 1 in 4 chance of winning the top pick. Not exactly great odds. Some people need to grow up and start thinking objectively.


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Since: Apr 6, 2010
Posted on: May 18, 2011 9:43 am
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Since: May 11, 2011
Posted on: May 18, 2011 9:39 am
 

David Kahn insinuates NBA lottery is rigged?

Whether it's rigged or not, what a cry baby...seriously. Grow up! The entire NBA is a bunch of rich whiney cry babies...No wonder no one cares about basketball anymore, there is no Dream Team, just a bunch of self righteous cry babies.  I know I know, it's not just this guy who makes the NBA terrible, but he is a part of the ton of garbage that makes up the NBA.

There are very few people in the NBA I hope to see succeed. The rest can all retire...I have an idea. Let's do a clean sweep. Fire everyone that has anything to do with the NBA and start over. Salaries are gone and everyone starts at bare minimum again.  You need to earn your keep to be paid anymore. This will never happen, but I think most of the NBA needs to learn to grow up. It's getting old



Since: Jun 18, 2008
Posted on: May 18, 2011 9:31 am
 

David Kahn insinuates NBA lottery is rigged?

They instituted the lottery to keep teams from deliberately losing all their games for the sake of getting the top pick.  Still, you have teams that DO tank a season just to get into the lottery, because as we have seen so many times, the worst team record-wise does not always get the #1 selection.  So, it's still worth it to intentionally throw games to get down into the lottery.  Greg Popovich pulled that stunt to get Tim Duncan...turned out pretty well for them eventually.


So, like I said, I can't understand why there is a lottery to begin with??? Yes, I know why they thought that they needed to, but it really hasn't changed the way teams go about it. No other pro league "punishes" the team with the worse record, they get the first pick or have the option to trade it away.


Yes, one college player can not turn a franchise around on his own, but, as in your example, do would the Spurs become perennial favorites without Tim? I really don't think so.     &n
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Since: Jan 25, 2007
Posted on: May 18, 2011 9:31 am
 

David Kahn insinuates NBA lottery is rigged?

This is because teams would be tanking games 3/4 of the way through the season if they know that they will not make playoffs.  Too many games to be tanked and it would be much worse for basketball.  Can you imagine 14 teams trying to lose their remaining 20 games of the season?



Since: Aug 5, 2008
Posted on: May 18, 2011 9:22 am
 

David Kahn insinuates NBA lottery is rigged?

Hey Kahn...you are one of the worst GM's in the league. That doesn't mean the lottery is fixed. That means you are horrible at what you do. You draft players after they say they don't want to play for you. You trade all stars for nothing. You hire bad coaches and fire good ones.

Maybe if you had a positive attitude going into the lottery instead of saying "this isn't happening for us tonight", a little luck might fall your way. But...it doesn't matter now. After what you've said, I can promise that no team you work for will EVER win the lottery. So...maybe you're right after all.


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