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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: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: May 18, 2011 3:38 pm
 

David Kahn insinuates NBA lottery is rigged?

27 NBA Finals have occurred since 1983.

The Lakers have won 8 of them; the Bulls 6; the Spurs 4, the Celtics 3, the Pistons 3, the Rockets 2. The Heat are the only team to win a single title. You can actually go back a few more years and although you add Philly, you also give a few more to LA and Boston.

And people wonder why the NBA is losing popularity on a daily basis?  People wonder why the NBA is now losing 300 million dollars per season?   Five teams... the Lakers, Bulls, Spurs, Celtics and Pistons that comprise of about 16 percent of all NBA teams have won 89 percent of NBA championships over the last 27 years???   Once again, does everybody understand why the NBA is suffering now???

The above teams I mentioned all have something very much in common...and that includes my favourite team the Pistons.  All of those teams were treated like royalty on and off the court and got favourable calls left and right for years.... You had the Piston Bad Boys that was great for the league with Isiah not that long ago... you had the big 3 sign in Boston.... you had the admiral in San Antonio and more popular player since... Jordan with the Bulls and of course Kobe with the Lakers....  it wasn't even fair playing these teams....

They need a hard cap... that's what they need. The league should let the players and their union rot on the sidelines and never play again until they agree to a hard cap..... NBA players are ridiculously overpaid to start with and now you have superstars that get together to play for the same team.... it's a joke.  If the owners talk about free agents they get fined big time...  maybe even sued for collusion.. yet the players can talk all  they want amongst each other, off the court, at weddings, etc ...

It's a joke... 



Since: Sep 1, 2006
Posted on: May 18, 2011 2:53 pm
 

David Kahn insinuates NBA lottery is rigged?

This story would've been so much better if Kahn had made his comments public in the form of a heated online rant written in comic sans!



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

David Kahn insinuates NBA lottery is rigged?

Ignateous, I'd broaden your scope a bit. Why did you included the Rockets, but leave out Boston and Detroit who have each won more?

27 NBA Finals have occurred since 1983.

The Lakers have won 8 of them; the Bulls 6; the Spurs 4, the Celtics 3, the Pistons 3, the Rockets 2. The Heat are the only team to win a single title. You can actually go back a few more years and although you add Philly, you also give a few more to LA and Boston.



Since: Mar 9, 2011
Posted on: May 18, 2011 2:09 pm
 

David Kahn insinuates NBA lottery is rigged?

"Everbody knows the dice are loaded, everybody rolls with their fingers crossed."

These accusations go all the way back to the frozen NY Knicks lottery card, giving them Pat Ewing.

Does anybody really believe that Donaghy was the only crooked ref?

"Everybody knows the fight is fixed, the poor stay poor and the rich get rich, that's how it goes. EVERYBODY KNOWS"

 




Since: Aug 17, 2007
Posted on: May 18, 2011 1:57 pm
 

David Kahn insinuates NBA lottery is rigged?

Why wouldn't it be? The NBA is rigged so why not the lottery?



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: May 18, 2011 1:33 pm
 

David Kahn insinuates NBA lottery is rigged?

Why is the picking of the ping pong balls not public? Enough said.

Oh.. let's see. Why? Don't know but probably for the same reason the NBA knew about a ref fixing games and didn't do anything about it until low level mafia people were identified as being involved.  Also probably for the same reason they ignored the ref they caught when he gave specific game by game examples of how he influenced the outcome of games with the help of other referees.   Probably the same reason the NBA continued to employ a referee that was proven to talk to the ref fixing games AFTER EVERY SINGLE FIX FROM CELL TO CELL.....

The reason?  The NBA is more fixed and organized in my opinion then the WWE..... and people see that and understand it more and more... that's why a league that used to be so popular lost about 300 million dollars last season and anticipates losing even more next year if there is a season.... fans aren't stupid.. eventually they figure it out.  They figured out the league was all about supporting the big markets and the big names so networks like ESPN wouldn't lose interest and the money would keep coming in... but then the fans decided to stop going to as many games and to stop watching as many games... thus today's financial problems...

Get it now? 



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

David Kahn insinuates NBA lottery is rigged?

sad what the nba does with the lottery.  So baseball, football and hockey can do the draft order based on record but the nba is so worried about players tanking.  bull, the nba just wants to controll the league and which teams have success.  can't have a big market team that stinks. 

now if you showed the ping pong ball thing live, it lessons the argument.  but come on, they are professionals.  Reason #1000 why the nba is the worst league in all of sports.



Since: Dec 4, 2007
Posted on: May 18, 2011 1:23 pm
 

David Kahn insinuates NBA lottery is rigged?

I understand why the lottery, or the NBA's version of the lottery, was put into place but I question the logic.  If your team sucks, truly sucks, why not play your young talent to see what you have?  I consider that a wise business move.  Tanking is what San Antonio did by sitting Robinson when everyone knew he could play...even Robinson admitted he could have played.  That was a decent team that took a shot at being great by getting in position to possibly draft Duncan......that is the only time I can remember an obvious tank.  Stern has come out and said that the lottery is not intended to help lift bad teams out of the dumps.  But when you consider that, and the salary cap, and guaranteed contracts it makes it nearly impossible for bad teams to get better (Miami basically tanked it by not signing players to contacts, not signing long deals...which limited who would sign with them....to get them to the point where they could sign to max dollar players.  That is not one year of tanking for a pick...that might not do anything for your franchise, by the way....that was a handful of years of tanking.  The current system promotes that kind of crap b/c there is no other way to become a good team.  I would rather see a draft similar to the NFL rather than what goes on in the NBA now).

 

 

But that is really not my point, the lottery that is what it is.  The NBA has had rumors of impropriety and over influence by it Commissioner for years. At some point you have to wonder about the constant chatter.  Khan is just the latest guy to step up and say that something smells fishy.  Mark Cuban has said as much time and time again and read Bill Simmons article that came out long before the ref scandal on the NBA, refs, and the playoffs.   




Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: May 18, 2011 1:17 pm
 

David Kahn insinuates NBA lottery is rigged?

Teams still will tank even if there is a lotery (Cleveland did to get LeBron), so you can throw that argument out of the window. the only thing that lotery could be used for is to make draft day exciting and entertaining, but since it is done behind close doors that draft just plain sucks. In general NBA is the worst profesional sport league in this country and the only think keeping it a float is ESPN showing it down everyones throat. But at the rate things are going the league will fold sooner or later.



Since: Aug 22, 2008
Posted on: May 18, 2011 1:14 pm
 

David Kahn insinuates NBA lottery is rigged?

Why is the draft order held secretatively? We have to trust the word of an "independent" Auditor who is paid by the NBA...  Wait a minute, huh?


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