Dan Feldman wrote a great post yesterday, rationally laying out the absurdity of all of the ‘lottery is rigged’ talk that’s out there. Then, the worst possible scenario happened for a league that always seems to have the worst possible coincidences happen at the worst possible times: New Orleans, still technically league-owned though in the process of being sold to New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson, went out and won the No. 1 pick.
Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! reported that skepticism about the Hornets winning isn’t just happening among fans — Woj’s sources are reportedly team or league employees who think something shady happened. An abundance of players also immediately thought ‘conspiracy,’ including former Piston Rip Hamilton. Here’s what he tweeted:
Who thinks the lottery was rigged.
I still tend to err on the side of no conspiracy. I grew up in a family that believes in every grassy knoll, UFO encounter and Tupac is alive story out there, so I tend to be a little cynical when it comes to conspiracy talk. But last night was undoubtedly a bad outcome for a league that I’m sure wanted to avoid this type of coverage. And it’s surely a worse outcome that some of the people fanning those conspiracy flames are league employees and players themselves.