The Sham They Call The NBA

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by Tommy Gimler

With the first pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, the New Orleans Hornets selected Anthony Davis from the University of Kentucky. The problem? New Orleans had the first pick of the 2012 NBA Draft.

The NBA Draft, more specifically the NBA Lottery, is a bigger joke than Abraham Lincoln taking time away from his gay lovers to fight vampires. David Stern has used this fraud since 1985 to control the destinations of future superstars like Patrick Ewing, Derrick Rose, and now Anthony Davis. Throw in the Larry Bird Clause, and you’ve set up a system that allows your major markets to prosper year in and year out while the rest of the league acts as a minor-league playground, prepping the unforeseen stars who are eventually traded away for more potential and dreams. Well, unless you hire Isiah Thomas to run your organization.

Since the 1979-80 season, only nine different NBA franchises have been crowned as champions. 33 years, 9 different champions. Great news for fans in Los Angeles, Boston, Chicago, and Miami. But how can basketball fans in cities like Sacramento, Oakland, Washington, Milwaukee, and Denver still pony up for tickets when they know their team has no shot to win a title? More importantly, how can David Stern still sell the NBA as a legitimate professional sport?

Now compare that with the NFL and MLB. The beauty of watching these sports is that when the season begins, almost every team has a chance to finish the year as the champion. And this isn’t just an opinion, as the numbers below have my back:

MLB – 27 of 30 teams (90%) have appeared in the World Series since the 1979 season:

Champions – 20 (67%)

Different Runner-Up Opponents – 7 (23%)

Only the Mariners, Nationals, and Cubs haven’t appeared in a World Series in that time.

NFL – 25 of 32 teams (78%) have appeared in the Super Bowl since the 1979 season:

Champions – 15 (47%)

Opponents – 10 (31%)

Only the Vikings, Lions, Browns, Jets, Chiefs, Jaguars, and Texans haven’t appeared in a Super Bowl in that time.

NBA – 18 of 30 teams (60%) have appeared in the NBA Finals since the 1979-80 season:

Champions – 9 (30%)

Opponents – 9 (30%)

The Bobcats, Bucks, Kings, Wizards, Timberwolves, Warriors, Hornets, Grizzlies, Clippers, Nuggets, Hawks, and Raptors haven’t appeared in the Finals in that time.

So, Hornets fans, feel free to down your hurricanes in excess all weekend long on Bourbon Street as you celebrate the arrival of a can’t miss superstar. In fact, go ahead and splurge on an extra hooker this weekend, too. Because this is as close to feeling like a champion as you’ll get. David Stern will make sure of it…

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