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Lottery picks? Terrible idea. They should include some clause that says if a team doesn't win 10 games they automatically get the first pick. The Bobcats were TERRIBLE last year. Heck, in the NBA you should accidentally win 10 games.
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you have a point, but better for anthony davis to goto NO than NC
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Why? Charlotte deserves the best player in the draft. New Orleans won 3x as many games. Please how this system is fair.
The bottom line is that it is rigged. I don't care what anyone says. It's more obvious this year than ever before. The NBA owns the Hornets, they get #1.
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I thought they sold the team to the Saints owner?
The NO Saints owner Tom benson bought the hornets, plus they had two draft picks in the lottery. But I agree the NBA sways the lottery sometimes. Cavs lose that pretender Lebron and wham they get Kyrie Irving with the first pick. They system definitely needs some work and the league needs to be contracted. I dont feel bad for the Bobcats, I feel bad for the rest of the league that has to waste their time playing those stinkers
It's to prevent teams from tanking for the first pick. IMO they should have the lottery equalized for anyone that doesn't make the playoffs can get the same chances for the first pick.
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While they are trying to prevent one situation that they theorized would happen, teams that are actually really bad (Charlotte) get screwed.
I think it was done more to add excitement to the draft and get more coverage for the league. Do you think the NFL should do the same thing?
The problem was that Charlotte was designed to be bad this year. They did this to themselves on purpose going back to trading away everything for nothing last year, and that's what the lottery is there to prevent
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I agree 100%. I was watching the draft lottery last night and it was going in the order that it was supposed to be going and then when it got to the final 3 picks I told my wife that the Hornets would get the #1 pick and then they did. The link below from Yahoo sports even has some NBA team executives calling it BS.
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U are correct. Tom Benson owns the Hornets now. Must be nice to be loaded
how can they call it legitimate by doing the lottery behind closed doors, and then "the only man who knows the results" comes trotting out with the envelopes in the order of the draft? what a farce.
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The lottery is a good idea, but it should be limited to 6 or 7 teams, not 14. Also, it should be weighted according to each teams win percentage.
Everyone saying it's rigged should check out the twitter accounts of the journalists that were behind the closed doors for the drawing. All of them have said it would be impossible to be rigged.
BTW the New Orleans franchise is going to be renamed next season, Benson says Hornets don't represent NO (which is true). I vote for a name trade between Utah, NO and Charlotte....New Orleans Jazz, Charlotte Hornets and Utah Bobcats (probably get them in a new name because no one wants the crappy bobcats name and logo)
Should use the nfl model. Its proven to work. Lottery is retarded.
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It is weighted which is why teams still tank. I'm sure in Sterns eyes it's just more pub for the league.
here's a good excerpt from an article on ESPNi
Or look at it this way: Which outcome WOULDN'T have proved the conspiracy for you? New Jersey, to dangle for Dwight Howard? Charlotte, to reward struggling Michael Jordan? Golden State, to usher in a new arena in San Francisco? Sacramento, to help out the struggling Maloofs? Phoenix, to reignite the Nash-era glories? Detroit, to reward another new owner in difficult straits?
The only ones you'd say wouldn't are Washington, Milwaukee, Cleveland, Houston and Toronto, right?
Hate to break it to you, but they won seven of the past 11 lotteries. Meanwhile, Cleveland and San Antonio won the two most important drawings of the past 15 years. If the NBA is rigging things, it stinks at it.
The funny thing about the lottery and American sports in general is this:
We are proud of our capitalism and our free market (not trying to get political here, just hear me out). But our professional sports are about as uncapitalistic as you can get. The worst performing teams are rewarded for sucking by giving them the best draft picks and the easiest schedules.
On the other hand, take a look at soccer around the world, which is pretty popular in a lot of societies that aren't so capitalist with their economy, but their pro sports teams are pretty much a totally free market. There's no such thing as an amateur draft. Players are commodities that are bought and sold and traded at will. They even punish teams that suck. Look at the premiership -- the bottom 3 teams each year are relegated to a lower division. Could you imagine relegating the Bobcats to the NBDL?
Not saying one is better than the other, but I think it is an interesting quirk.
I actually think this system would be great for the NBA and its developmental league.
This is funny to me. The Pacers were built on middle round picks and key role players. Larry Bird has proven that having a winning organization can be done without having a top 5 draft pick (I think they had the 4th or 5 best record in the NBA this season). A lot of you should take the time to read Bill Simmons "The Book of Basketball". It's a great book, and although I disagree with some of what he says, he definitely is spot on about championship caliber teams and the minds that actually win.
Even if the Bobcats had gotten the number 1 pick, I would argue that Michael Jordan wouldn't build a championship organization, because he doesn't understand the "it" factor, which is having 1, 2, maybe even 3 star players and superb role players that understand their place on the team and how they fit in to the team.
I'm sure I'll get downvotes for the previous statements, but the reason I stated it was due to the fact that the minds behind the Bulls, built Jordan a team that functioned that way, but Michael Jordan was opposed to drafting Pippen. Without Pippen, Jordan didn't win. People don't pay attention to pre-Pippen Bulls enough, and credit Jordan for everything.
Heck, when Jordan retired the first time, the Bulls only lost 2 more games, and Pippen, Grant, and BJ Armstrong had better statistical seasons, not to mention got screwed out of the playoffs.
Sorry for the rant.
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The lottery is a terrible idea. In the history of the NBA draft the #4 seed has NEVER won the lottery. Guess what happened this year to the #4 who just happened to be owned by the NBA for the entire season? Not only did the commisioner veto a totally legit trade that would have made the Hornets a playoff team, but they also got the #1 pick. What a joke. Charlotte is totally screwed now. Who will they get? Kidd-Gilchrist? Ok. Then what? Turrible.
Larry Bird would argue that getting the #2 pick in the draft this year, is better than getting one of his middle of the road picks that he used to build a team that was 4th or 5th best in the league, but that's just because he understands how it works. He took a bunch of middle of the road picks and won anyway. Whining about some bogus conspiracy theory isn't going to change anything The NBA doing this would hurt in more ways than just giving a team that is no longer owned by the NBA a #1 pick. Screwing the biggest, most heavily marketed player in NBA history (and still the guy to be) Michael Jordan is far worse.
That said, the Bobcats aren't going to win with one pick. That team is horrible all the way around.
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