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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: Sep 18, 2007
Posted on: May 18, 2011 10:34 am

David Kahn insinuates NBA lottery is rigged?

Gotta love this league.

What a joke it is.

Since: Dec 19, 2007
Posted on: May 18, 2011 10:33 am

David Kahn insinuates NBA lottery is rigged?

Stern maybe an a-hole, but he's a smart, guy, and who cares if its 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? Screw that!!! After Lebron did what he did to Clev, they deserve it more.

Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: May 18, 2011 10:29 am

David Kahn insinuates NBA lottery is rigged?

San Antonio got the pick years ago when Robinson was hurt.  They get Duncan and wham! Dynasty.
Oh, yeah.  Because the league had every reason to want to put a dynasty in San Antonio, with its rich basketball tradition.  In their entire existence they'd had George Gervin.  If it was rigged they would have sent Duncan to Boston or the Lakers. 

Get real. 

Since: Dec 31, 2008
Posted on: May 18, 2011 10:29 am

David Kahn insinuates NBA lottery is rigged?

Why would Kahn think the NBA Lottery is rigged in the same year that a guy jumping/dunking over the bumper of a car "wins/beats" dunks from the freethrow line, two baskets at once and three ball dunk???? There is NO storyline in BOTH LA fanchise "faces" winning in LA All Star events.

Since: Aug 28, 2009
Posted on: May 18, 2011 10:28 am

David Kahn insinuates NBA lottery is rigged?

News flash:  The NBA has been rigged for as long as I have been watching.  Manipulating ping pong balls is really small potatoes.  Even before we found out that referee Tim D was in bed with the gamblers, it didn't take a genious to figure out that officiating in the league is a joke.  Don't get me wrong, I still watch it because high level ball can be very exciting.  I'm even a Bucks season tix holder, but I know what I am watching.  It's just like WWE wrastlin'.  Even though I know that the outcome of the game is less than 75% in the hands of the players, it's still fun to watch.  I watched Jordan score 30 a night on a slew of phantom calls.  Last year Bucks rookie Larry Sanders got whistled for 6 fouls in less than five minutes of play in a game I attended.  What I am saying is that there is a long-standing and obvious multi-tiered rule system in the NBA.  It all breaks down to how good you are perceived to be and which market you're playing in.  It's all good though, because it is just that much sweeter when your team overcomes being dumped on and wins.

Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: May 18, 2011 10:26 am

David Kahn insinuates NBA lottery is rigged?

David Kahn is a fool, a tool, and a whiner.  Suck it up, Susie. 

Since: Apr 27, 2011
Posted on: May 18, 2011 10:25 am

David Kahn insinuates NBA lottery is rigged?

My point Dafiedla is this. Of all the obvious things in the open that you can see and prove such as one sided officiating, certain super stars getting the benefit of the calls, he didn't complain about. He complained about something you can't prove, that the lottery is rigged. Unless he has a tip or some inside information to support his claim, theres no way to prove it. Even if he was right he still comes out the bad guy because of who he said it about. A 14 year old boy with a disability. It's a heart felt underdog story and people eat it up. Everyone likes the underdog. That's why people get behind a butler in the championship game over a duke or uconn.
The reason i said i fine would be coming is look at the track history. Anyone who speaks out against the system claiming it's dishonest is fined. Look how many fines were handed out because officiating and calls were complained about. were fined. Jackson was fined for that on his way out as laker coach.
Again without proof most people will look at Kahn's remarks as poor sportsmanship. If Kahn had got the top pick do you think he would of said this thing is rigged i'm glad we got the top pick. Best way to solve this problem is give the team with the worst record first pick like they do in football.

Since: Mar 22, 2007
Posted on: May 18, 2011 10:08 am

David Kahn insinuates NBA lottery is rigged?

As a Wolves "fan", I want Kahn gone... but after hearing this, I would take 10 more seasons of crap (likely anyway) for Genghis Kahn to take shots at the NBA and Stern.  He was right.  The NBA is a joke, and is likely rigged as well.  Anyone who is convinced otherwise is a tool and probably a Lakers or Celtics fan.  Eff the NBA and Stern, the worst commish in professional sports history (Selig not too far behind).

Since: Jan 9, 2007
Posted on: May 18, 2011 10:08 am

David Kahn insinuates NBA lottery is rigged?

there is a difference between consipracy theories and people rigging and fixing events. PEOPLE who chastize other people or noticing when things are rigged, are the actually LOSERS. THeories are just that- theories. Rigging events are just that- fixed.

Since: Jun 1, 2009
Posted on: May 18, 2011 10:03 am

David Kahn insinuates NBA lottery is rigged?

Of course it's rigged, my God, people still believe it's on the up and up?  C'mon, get a life.  They go by story lines and best markets or publicity-fabricated teams.  San Antonio got the pick years ago when Robinson was hurt.  They get Duncan and wham! Dynasty.  This year it's the 14 year old kid.  Teams like the Wolves need to bring in a pregnant lady with sixteen little ones running around and have her represent them, maybe have some food stamps hanging out of her worn coat pockets.  Anything to get some media attention.

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