NBA fixes Playoffs?

June 14, 2008

I always said that the Sonics lost to the Suns in the 1993 Western Conference Finals because the NBA wanted to see Barkley play Jordan in the finals.  I also always also thought I was a little bit delusional when I made the said statements.  Now Tim Donaghy is alleging that the NBA is in fact corrupt in that way.

<blockquote>NBA officials allegedly told referees not to call technical fouls on star players so that ticket sales and TV ratings of the games wouldn't be affected, a disgraced ref told the FBI according to court filings Tuesday.
</blockquote>David Stern of course does deny the allegations.

<blockquote><p> Speaking to the media at an NBA finals that has been increasingly overshadowed by the Donaghy scandal, the commissioner said Game 6 of the 2002 Western Conference finals might have been officiated poorly, but honestly and not illegally.</p><p> "On behalf of my officials, I'd like to tell you that they don't engage in the criminal conduct of which Mr. Donaghy has accused them of," Stern said.</p></blockquote> Of course David Stern won't have to worry about angry Seattle Supersonics fans much longer. . .

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