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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: Apr 27, 2011
Posted on: May 18, 2011 1:32 am
 

David Kahn insinuates NBA lottery is rigged?

Next to boxing, basketball is probably the most fixed sport. Look at how the games are called and how the refs bend over backwards to give the benefit to certain star players. If you wanna talk about fixes start there. Even if he were right about the lottery being fixed he's not suposed to say it. He broke the unwritten rule that states thou shall not question the system. For sure there will be a fine.
Personally i think his outburst shows a lack of class and sportsmanship.



Since: Jun 11, 2007
Posted on: May 18, 2011 1:31 am
 

David Kahn insinuates NBA lottery is rigged?

The NBA is one step away from making me throw up in my mouth. @&#($()**ssshshhhhshhahaha there it goes, all my dinner. That is absolutely phenomenal, the way they market themselves. WOWIE-ZOWIE!!!



Since: May 6, 2010
Posted on: May 18, 2011 1:27 am
 

David Kahn insinuates NBA lottery is rigged?

there is no way anyone will make me believe this wasnt rigged to make it up to cleveland for going thru the decision...i think kahn is dead on...the lottery is rigged all the time i bet...have a hard time believing otherwise on this yr lottery...first time i watched and felt that it was rigged before it even ended
 



Since: Sep 19, 2006
Posted on: May 18, 2011 1:25 am
 

David Kahn insinuates NBA lottery is rigged?

I would like to actually see the process in front of our eyes, not behind closed doors.  Although I shouldn't talk, we nabbed Rose at #1.  Great "storyline" that the kid from Chicago got to stay home. haha



Since: Jan 2, 2007
Posted on: May 18, 2011 1:22 am
 

David Kahn insinuates NBA lottery is rigged?

VERY SIMPLE> THE NBA IS STILL GOOD< BUT IT BLOWS> IM SURE ALOT OF FANS WOULD WANT TO SEE ALL THE PINGPONG BALLS BOUNCING AROUND EVERY YEAR> IT WOULD DRAW MORE FANS IN AND WOULD ANSWER ALL OF OUR QUESTIONS!! IT WOULD BE FUN AS WELL< SOMETHING THAT COMMISSIONERS AND OWNERS ARE TAKING OUT OF THE PROFESSIONAL SPORTS WE LOVE TO WATCH!!



Since: Apr 4, 2011
Posted on: May 18, 2011 1:16 am
 

David Kahn insinuates NBA lottery is rigged?

wolves never get a break



Since: Dec 28, 2006
Posted on: May 18, 2011 1:15 am
 

David Kahn insinuates NBA lottery is rigged?

I think he's right. I mean seriously.. the Cavs and Jazz both lose superstars and somehow pick up top 3 spots? Plus the storylines. The whole league is probably rigged anyway.




Since: Jan 16, 2007
Posted on: May 18, 2011 1:14 am
 

David Kahn insinuates NBA lottery is rigged?

Uhhuh, a little payback for the Cavs after what they went through last year.  I am not saying it's rigged, but you could make that argument.



Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: May 18, 2011 1:08 am
 

David Kahn insinuates NBA lottery is rigged?

Meh. It's the NBA, Kahn is probably right.


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