In terms of conspiracy theories, nothing resonates like the NBA is rigged.
A second shooter on the grassy knoll? The moon landing? Area 51? Sept. 11 was an inside job?
Those pale in comparison with the yearly calls that the NBA orchestrates the outcomes of games and/or the draft. The latest to jump on the bandwagon: Ayesha Curry, the wife of Golden State star Steph Curry. After the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Warriors 115-101 on Thursday, she tweeted (and later deleted) this:
The conspiracy theorists out there have pointed to a number of curious happenings with the NBA.
There was a bent corner of the Knicks envelope during the draft lottery, which allowed them to have the first pick in the 1985 NBA Draft and take Patrick Ewing. How about the Cavaliers getting the first pick when Akron, Ohio native LeBron James was in the draft?
The NBA’s Facebook page touted this year’s Finals matchup between the Cavs and Warriors ... before the Warriors played Oklahoma City in Game 7 of the Western Conference finals.
Game 6 of the 2002 Western Conference final featured egregious officiating that allowed the Lakers to beat Sacramento. Did Michael Jordan push off in the 1998 Finals? Did Dikembe Mutumbo really congratulate the 76ers on getting the first pick in the draft before the order was announced?
These are all examples people point to when they say the NBA is rigged. And while most people weren’t buying it, there were those who agreed with Ayesha Curry.
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