Welcome to the Brew Hoop Night Shift. Every evening at 9:00pm (central time), this all-purpose thread goes up, and the comments section is where it’s going down. What Bucks news did we not cover? What topics do you want to break down further? Or is there something non-Bucks that you want to bounce off of one another? Even something non-basketball? This is the place.
Today’s (on)topic: NBA Conspiracy Theories
There are three conspiracy theories that I absolutely believe to be true. The first is the 1985 draft lottery shenanigans. The New York Knicks won the lottery as David Stern chose their envelope (that was physically manipulated for ease of selection) so that the Knicks could draft human He-Man, Patrick Ewing, and get some star power in the Big Apple.
The second is the 2002 Western Conference Finals where referees were more than helpful to the Los Angeles Lakers. The Sacramento Kings were up 3-2 in the series until the disastrous foul fest that was the fourth quarter of game six happened. The Lakers scored 21(!) points from free throws and squeaked out a win and eventually took the series in game seven.
As to whether the league wanted the Lakers to win specifically? Yeah I can go down that route. I think it had more to do with extending the series, which would bring in more advertising dollars, as opposed to keeping a big market team from not making The Finals. As we saw this past post-season, fewer playoffs games really affect the bottom line, so I think the league prefers seven game series over big market teams in series sweeps.
The final one is the 2008 draft lottery where the Chicago Bulls, with a 1.7 percent chance of winning, won the lottery and then selected Chicago-native, Derrick Rose. I believe this for the same reasons that I believe the 1985 lottery was rigged. Getting a big market franchise a star increases jersey sales and helps the league when negotiating on broadcast deals.
Which NBA, or even other sport, conspiracies do you believe in?
Today’s (off)topic: MLB Playoffs
As the NBA season begins, the baseball season comes to an end. Who ya got in the Fall Classic? I’m pulling for the Houston Astros to finally win their franchise’s first World Series. I would not be upset if the Cleveland Indians won either. I’m a Cub fan (I know) and would love for other long-suffering fan bases to experience the joy my family and I felt last year.
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