Maybe the conspiracy is there's no NBA conspiracy
Let’s say you run a multi-billion dollar business that’s growing every day; your brand is recognizable at all four corners of the Earth; your products make money for you and themselves hand over fist.
Of course you’re going to jeopardize it by trying to pull off some gigantic conspiracy.
Why not risk losing it all, hoping that whoever’s in the Circle Of Knowledge won’t talk and the secret will go to several graves with those who hold it.
Come on, people.
Give your heads a shake, would you?
The basketball world – especially the dark corners where the conspiracy theorists live – has been abuzz with all kinds of zaniness following the New Orleans win in Wednesday’s lottery (some of have mocked them already) and it’s kind of out of control.
Comical. But out of control nonetheless.
Look, as I mentioned this morning, I’ve been in the room when the lottery’s been conducted. Seen the ping-pongs balls taken out of their locked cases and dumped in the drums, watched them pop up, seen the stifling security that goes along with it. It’s not “fixable” and it can’t be “rigged.” It is, frankly, what it is.
And here’s a first-hand account of last night you might want to read.
While all that was transpiring in a room a floor removed from the TV studio where the show came from, I was standing in the back of that studio minding my own business and joking with some colleagues.
All of a sudden a back door opens, a couple of rather burly, imposing fellows wearing earpieces walked by flanking a very studious man carrying the envelopes. They were place on the podium, everyone was watching, the security dudes were still hanging around and I don’t recall seeing David Copperfield magically levitating New Orleans to No. 1.
I once heard David Stern suggest, in response to some question about the rigging of the lottery, suggest his league wasn’t in the business of committing felonies.
Makes entire sense to me.
Look, it doesn’t matter what I say or what other people write or what the league does. There are those among you who will think forever that some grand conspiracy is constantly at work, that things are pre-ordained because it’s easy to think that.
Forget for a minute that you’ve had to count on the continued silence of who knows how many people to rig something like the lottery – and a good conspiracy needs a very small circle and the more in it, the easier it’s broken – think about that risk.
You want to put the entire global basketball world at risk so that one team can get one specific player?
Besides, if it worked, how come the Cleveland Cavaliers didn’t win multiple championships after getting LeBron? How’d the whole Patrick-Ewing-to-New-York thing work out in the winning of championships?
If these have been rigged, they’ve been awfully poorly executed, haven’t they?
I had more than a few people who asked this morning why the league doesn’t just run the lottery where all can see it.
Well, there are a few reasons, actually.
First, it takes about 90 seconds to actually conduct it and what do you do with the other 28:30 of the half hour TV show?
Second, it’s boring. I mean mind-numbing boring; it’s not like Faye Dance could take you through the little burgs where it’s being held telling folksy Wintario tales.
And third – and most important – is this:
What would the conspiracy theorists have to talk about when it was over?
Have a nice day.