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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: Dec 19, 2007
Posted on: May 18, 2011 11:05 am
 

David Kahn insinuates NBA lottery is rigged?

"The T-Wolves terrible luck in the lottery is NOT what made my suspicion grow over the NBA.  It was the LeBron James draft.  Cleveland just happened to pull a giant horseshoe out of their you-know-whats. "

You do realize Cleveland had the worst record that yr, so they were favored to get him, right, lol?



Since: Sep 17, 2008
Posted on: May 18, 2011 11:05 am
 

David Kahn insinuates NBA lottery is rigged?

I agree that the lottery process should be live and visible for all to see.  That would help alleviate some of the thoughts of impropriety.  But the fact is that the top team has only a 25% chance of winning the top pick against the field because of the distribution of balls in the hopper.  How about increasing those odds by giving them more ping pong balls?  Instead of incrementing by one additional ball for every team, increment by a larger margin as you go up the ladder and get to the worst teams.  Maybe give five or 10 extra balls to the worst team so they have a better shot at it, but are still not guaranteed the pick.  It does seem rare that the worst team gets the top pick.

The selection using the ping pong balls is a complicated VERY TIME CONSUMING Process. It's huge combination of the digits, yada yada yada, and the chance of the accumulation falling between a matrixes...It's a big convaluted shindig that can't "be done" plainly and understandably in sight for the world to see. So "adding more balls" isn't a solution. Google it. 




Since: Mar 22, 2011
Posted on: May 18, 2011 11:01 am
 

David Kahn insinuates NBA lottery is rigged?

I rarely buy into this stuff as far as grand conspiracies that are perpetrated behind the scenes by men in suits in a smoky room somewhere.  Also, fairness in conversation, I am a Minnesota sports fan.  I believe that the NBA is rigged. 

The T-Wolves terrible luck in the lottery is NOT what made my suspicion grow over the NBA.  It was the LeBron James draft.  Cleveland just happened to pull a giant horseshoe out of their you-know-whats.  The NBA seems to have a story like this every year.  It appears to be a lame attempt to build the draft up to NFL like importance.  NEVER GONNA HAPPEN!!!!

Add these incredible story lines to the officiating scandal.  Believe me it's an officiating scandal, not just a Tim Donaghy issue.  The NBA buried this story as quickly as they could.  There is likely much more to the NBAs issues than we are led to believe at this point.

 




Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: May 18, 2011 10:59 am
 

David Kahn insinuates NBA lottery is rigged?

Small market teams will never win an NBA title.



Since: Dec 4, 2007
Posted on: May 18, 2011 10:49 am
 

David Kahn insinuates NBA lottery is rigged?

I've, long ago, given into my belief that something is off about the NBA  (Has there been the smell of impropriety around any other major north American sport like there has been with the NBA???…not talking steroids here or baseball at the turn of the last century, I am talking the smell that something is off from the Commissioner’s office on down). 







Since: Dec 4, 2007
Posted on: May 18, 2011 10:49 am
 

David Kahn insinuates NBA lottery is rigged?

I've, long ago, given into my belief that something is off about the NBA  (Has there been the smell of impropriety around any other major north American sport like there has been with the NBA???…not talking steroids here or baseball at the turn of the last century, I am talking the smell that something is off from the Commissioner’s office on down). 




 



Since: Mar 10, 2009
Posted on: May 18, 2011 10:44 am
 

David Kahn insinuates NBA lottery is rigged?

There was no one more pathetic looking than Elgin Baylor when was there for 10 years and never won.  What kind of conspiracy is that?



Since: Mar 10, 2009
Posted on: May 18, 2011 10:42 am
 

David Kahn insinuates NBA lottery is rigged?

Why is Kahn so upset.  This is a weak draft.  What was he going to do, draft another point guard, Kyrie Irving.

Stern should tell Kahn to just suck for another season and he'll reward him with Jared Sullinger next year.



Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: May 18, 2011 10:37 am
 

David Kahn insinuates NBA lottery is rigged?

Minny doesnt deserve the #1 pick. They wasted 2 top 5 picks when they took 2 PGs and now they should get the #1 pick so they can pick another one?
Maybe they have designs on the first five point guard lineup?



Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: May 18, 2011 10:36 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.
No, it wouldn't.  Conspiracy theory geeks never let facts or a lack of evidence get in their way.  The standard MO is just like Kahn's - "It worked out this way, so it MUST be a conspiracy!" 

Yes, David Kah, you moron - You had worse odds than Cleveland of getting the #1 pick and you didn't get it.  SURPRISE!  Dude's as bad as Dan Gilbert, who I thought was king of the petulant crybabies.  Or was that Mark Cuban?  Oh, crap - it's too hard to keep these rich owners who are used to having everything work out in their favor and don't like it when it doesn't happen straight.


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