Magic and the Fixed Lottery

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A lot of people who should know better are taking Magic’s words about keeping the pick totally the wrong way.

Magic, like all of the greatest athletes is a supreme egoist and totally confident he will win in any contest or endeavor he will ever be in. He believes he was born under a lucky star and can never be beaten.

I remember years ago reading a book about the Showtime Lakers. The Lakers went undefeated in the playoff and had come into Detroit for a title rematch with the Bad Boy Pistons.

As the Lakers buss pulled up to the hotel, on an eldritch, moon flooded night, Magic rose from his seat and starting giving this litany, or really more like a liturgy, “Now the real Bad Boys are here, they are not the Bad Boys, we are. They are not champions, we are. We are the team that cannot be beat, we are the team that will win this title.”

On and on he went almost mystically. Kareem said there was something spooky about the way Magic looked bathed in the moonlight, the look on his face, and the way he said it, like he was divining the future, that nothing could stop him or the team. Jabber said it was so strange and so compelling that chills ran up his spine.

Kareem said after that speech, he and every other player on that team knew they were going to win that series.

And that’s the Magic who said the Lakers would keep that pick. Because he is always that confident that he brings what it takes to win at anything. Of course belief does not guarantee anything as the Piston series showed, because we got swept.

Nothing was fixed and Magic didn’t know anything, he just believed he would not lose that pick, just as believed he would beat Detroit and HIV and win any other contest he enters.

What fans should know but don’t seem to is that for the NBA, it really doesn’t matter whether we got the pick or some other team did. It’s not going to make any difference in the grand scheme of things. Just like it doesn’t matter which teams go the finals or win it. Yeah, the ratings will be higher for certain teams, but that never makes or breaks the league or even close to it. Fixing a lottery or a game or a series would destroy the league and lots of very smart, very rich men with stellar reputations and careers would lose everything they went to school for and worked so hard for, probably including their families, if they were dumb enough to fix lotteries or series. They would go to jail.….for no reason at all. The reasons only exist in the fans minds because they don’t understand the reality of it.

This is the reality, great teams and stars come and go, the next year arrives fast, and new players are always coming up and young, exciting teams too. It’s the cycle of sport life. But you know the one constant thru it all? The league. The league just keeps going on. Just like in Baseball and the NFL.

None of those leagues fix the draft or the games. They have zero reason to do it and every reason on earth not to.

Magic, like on that eerie, moonlight night in Detroit was sure we would keep that pick and he told Walton that. That’s how he is. And this time, unlike in Detroit, when he told his team they would win, he was right.

Oh and by the way, if you don’t think he was also sure we would get the number one pick in the entire draft which ended up with Boston, then you don’t know Magic.


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You might be taking our jokes too literal. I was one of the people joking about it being fixed and Magic knew. I don't really think that, it was a joke. But you gotta admit the lottery has always been surrounded some interesting outcomes. Magic saying we were already gonna keep it, he could just have been being positive, I don't subscribE to his competitive nature. Last year Mutombo congratulating ahead of time. JUST interesting enough to make you joke joke.


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Every year there is a replay of the actual lottery drawing on NBA.com. There have been some fishy outcomes, but we see the ping pong balls, we hear the combinations being read out, and they invite members of the media to sit in on the process along with representatives from the 14 teams. I just don't see how you rig something like that.


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As I said previously, it can be rigged if a Class A magician -- like a Criss Angel or a Penn Jillette -- were picking the ping pong balls. This is child's play for even a mid-level stage magician. But as there were no magicians on the stage when the balls were picked, it seems unfixable.

Anyway, who cares? We got #2 which is all that matters.


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Think the league would prefer if the Lakers stayed down. Don't think they'd do us any favors, with or without Magic Johnson. People just naturally hate if anything goes specifically the LA LAkers' way.


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No way the league would prefer that. Imagine if the Suns got the pick instead of us and we lost out on it. Do you think Lonzo to the Suns would generate as much revenue and attention in comparison to Lonzo to the Lakers? I don't think so. Whether it's rigged I'm just not too sure about that, but all the pieces did seem fit a little too well though.


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Well I'll take it any way I can get it....lol.


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How so? The lakers would get a pick they had about a 50% shot at or not. They did. Nothing weird about it or strange pieces fitting for it to happen.

You know what the biggest city and media center in the country is, by far? New York. It dwarfs LA in both regards.

How much would it benefit the league for them to have a powerhouse contender? How much media coverage would that bring? What kind of ratings?

But the bottom line, like I said is no team, no matter where they play will make or break the league or substantially change the league's finances whether that team is good or bad. The Knicks, like the Lakers, could suck for twenty more years and it wouldn't really effect the league.

How long have the knicks been bad? How many times have they been in the lottery....and been disappointed again?

This week was just the latest time.

Why hasn't the NBA given the biggest media center and city in the country a nice helping hand for say the last two years? You know say the first pick one year and the second another?

The answer is obvious, the NBA has no reason too, just like they don't with smaller LA.

These conspiracy theories are ridiculous in all ways: motive, execution, coverup.

It holds up in no area except for fans who are bitter their teams lost out in the draft, see Phoenix this year, or others who have very vivid imaginations and ignore the facts.


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I didn't say I believe it's rigged. I was simply playing devils advocate.


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Not calling you out here just piggy backing on your comments.

I don't believe it's fixed but to say it's not plausible is naevetity. Sure no magicians are on stage but you don't need them when the dice are already weighted to do their job either.

You can buy decks of cards with special markings on them so the person wearing glasses/contacts can see what cards you are holding, and this is decades old technology. What is possible now?

As you said, who gives a crap. The Lakers have the pick, I'm just looking forward to actually root for wins again. I don't want to go through another tank phase any time soon.


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I just went to youtube to see the actual drawing of the ping pong balls. It was nowhere to be found. Just some guy with team cards showing the order.

Although SPQR gives a logical explantion based on enlightened self interest, that would never explain Bernie Madoff -- he was a millionaire so "why take a chance?" And what about Richard Nixon? He was President already, so why do all that illegal stuff? The world abounds with successful businessmen who go outside the law never thinking they would get caught.

The NBA was built on the backs of Boston and L.A. Why not reward them and resurrect a REAL rivalry? These fake rivalries -- where all the players love each other and players go to clubs after stinking up the joint (I mean YOU James Harden) will wear thin with the public sooner or later.

Likely the powers that be know this and figure the only way to get to the next level -- and pay for the 200 million dollar salaries -- is to revive the greatest NBA rivalry of all time -- The Lakers vs. The Celtics.

It seems pretty obvious to me. And I for one am happy about this. Thanks Adam Silver!


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As will I!


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If the Lakes get Ball, he will make Mosgov look like Karen. He will really lift his game!


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Whoa!!!!!....lol. Maybe Karen but not Kareem....lol.


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And he would make Deng look like Lebron. Hahaha.


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Lmao!!!


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I'm laughing at this so hard!


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First off, let me say I am happy the Lottery was fixed.

That said, this was the most crooked "drawing" I have ever witnessed. Comon, some guy with a beard pulling balls out from behind a covered desk. Gimme a break. Penn Jillette could have taught a seven year old and the kid could have done a better job than that crook with a beard did.

The NBA owes Magic (and Bird) a lot (like making the NBA into a legit League!) so it is only right that we get the Number Two pick.

But if anyone out there thinks this "Lottery" wasn't rigged, I have a bridge to sell you. Cheap!

GO LAKERS! (It has been years since I said that!)


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