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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: Aug 25, 2006
Posted on: May 18, 2011 12:12 pm

David Kahn insinuates NBA lottery is rigged?

Does anyone doubt the NBA Lottery is rigged? I think not. Now punish this man for telling the truth and what we all think anyhow.It's a shame really.

Since: Aug 26, 2006
Posted on: May 18, 2011 12:11 pm

thank you Mr. Obvious

How could you not see Cleveland getting the first pick?  They lost the franchise and were pretty terrible.  So, the league want Dan Gilbert to be vindicated by getting the top player this year.  Who is?  not all that ovbious.  Watch a NBA playoff game if you can stomach it and see the team that is supposed to win get the foul call every time a superstar drives the lane.  It is interesting this year because some of those stars are not getting the call and they are crying like babies.  Looks like the NBA doesn't want them to win this year.  Also, congrats to Memphis who beat this fix by just shooting the light out.  Fun basketball to watch, but not what the NBA is about.  too bad.

Since: Jan 13, 2009
Posted on: May 18, 2011 12:09 pm

David Kahn insinuates NBA lottery is rigged?

Shocking news that the NBA is not on the up and up---anyone remember the way the kings got jacked years ago so the lakers could advance? wonder how long the series goes before LeDumb and Lil Dummer start getting more free throws than the entire bulls team to make sure the finals turn out a good match up and story line for the folks in tv land.  This league have been a joke forever and the amazing thing is that it took so long for one of their own to start questioning Stearn Boy and his operation. 

Since: Oct 13, 2006
Posted on: May 18, 2011 12:08 pm

David Kahn insinuates NBA lottery is rigged?

The NBA is a Joke ! I remember when this lottery system was instituted as an attempt to counter losing teams throwing games at the end of the season as a way to get the first pick the next year. Whether it works or not who knows, but it does seem obvious and a little convienent that the best "storylines" seem to win (get the first pick) year in and year out.  You don't see this in other leagues or if you do it is not as obvious.
Personally I don't even watch the NBA - It has seemingly lost a large segment of society, a segment of society that is fed up with the attitude and culture of the NBA. The NBA is all about image instead of substance, where the quality of the player is determined by their curb appeal rather than character. I remember years ago watching a game, the 76ers were playing, I believe the Warriors, and a fight broke out. There were players jumping off the bench, punches being thrown, all sorts of mayhem, and then the cameras panned over to a lone figure sitting off to the other side of the court watching the combatants. Dr. J sat there watching all this with a look on his face that to me personified my feelings about the NBA. To me it was Disgust or maybe disdain, but also disinterest in all the fools jumping around "manning up" postering like a bunch of thugs. The NBA is about a bunch a thugs now a days. The culture is getto - and the NBA can keep it. There is no real substance - the NBA has lost a segment of society that has no interest in posing punks, gangstas, and "players" that put on airs in a pathetic attempt to appeal to a world they do not understand or have forgotten. The NBA is a Joke - and I, and many people I know, will not watch it.   

Since: Mar 1, 2009
Posted on: May 18, 2011 12:05 pm

David Kahn insinuates NBA lottery is rigged?

Perhaps the all time example of a questionable top pick going to the "right" team occurred many years ago when Dave Debussher of the Knicks had Patrick Ewing fall into his lap even though the Knicks were projected to merit a much lower choice.  The NBA needs to follow the NFL and other leagues by adopting a "worse goes first" policy.

Since: Aug 13, 2007
Posted on: May 18, 2011 12:00 pm

David Kahn insinuates NBA lottery is rigged?

Everybody knows the NBA is fixed, not just the lottery but every aspect. Small market teams like the Nuggets can't ever get a break. Twice when the Nuggets had the worst record in the league we got screwed, picking fourth and then third. The lottery has been fixed since day one with Patrick Ewing being given to the Knicks.

Unfortunately the NBA can't simply allow the team with the worst record to have the first pick because it leads to teams tanking games at the end of the season. They are expecting fans to pay good money to see a bad team and they expect teams to play hard but they don't. Good players who aren't hurt end up on DL's and crazy substitution patterns given to coaches by management.

Since: Mar 7, 2011
Posted on: May 18, 2011 11:53 am

David Kahn insinuates NBA lottery is rigged?

I agree - it is fixed!!  Most people agree.  If this isn't fixed, then why don't they show the balls, put them into the big basket and watch the balls drop just like in the lotto?!  Of course this is fixed.  There is no reason for the pre-draw when you can watch the drawing of the balls live.  The only reason not pull the balls live is so that the officials can select whoever they think needs the pick to make market share go up.  Golden state will never win it because they draw big crowds even though they suck.  But look at teams that could lose fans - suddenly first pick!!

The only way anyone will not believe it isn't fixed is to have the lottery LIVE!   The only reason to not have it live is because it is fixed.  Why are they hiding this lottery?  The bottom line is that people don’t care if Obama is there.  If you don’t start showing the lottery balls drop, most people will NOT believe it is real.  Show me the lottery!


Since: Nov 10, 2006
Posted on: May 18, 2011 11:51 am

David Kahn insinuates NBA lottery is rigged?

Do your research, NHL has a draft lottery as well.

Since: Mar 10, 2010
Posted on: May 18, 2011 11:47 am

David Kahn insinuates NBA lottery is rigged?

FIXED ???? at least the NBA has a lotterry . ! the NFL / MLB / NHL .. all give the number # 1 pick to the worst record in the league .. that is in your face rigged .. can you imagine how bad teams will play after week 12 with ANDREW LUCK the prize ? 

RIG IT NBA .. at least you try to cover it up with a ping pong ball .. the other leagues its put in your face .  

Since: Mar 10, 2010
Posted on: May 18, 2011 11:45 am

David Kahn insinuates NBA lottery is rigged?

Tell Portland it is rigged ! .... Portland Trailblazers had the # 1 Pick and chose Greg Oden( two broken Kness )  over MVP and Scoring Champ and Future Hall of Famer Kevin Durant who is already leading his team to a WEST FINAL . and i wont even mention the Sam Bowie / Michael Jordan pick .... or Detroit Pistons / Darko Milicic / Wade / Bosh picks .. 

so sometimes be careful what you wish for .   This KAHN guy should be immediately removed for his lack of taste , and thank the system so they cant shoose the wrong guy . as Derrick WIlliams will fall into there lap and be the Rookie of the year ..  

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