The NBA draft lottery isn’t televised live.
The NBA draft lottery results announcement is televised live.
But the actual drawing of ping-pong balls? That happens behind the scenes beforehand.
Which has sparked uncountable conspiracy theories.*
*By people who ignore that the first lottery – which contains the most prevalent conspiracy theory about the Knicks’ frozen envelope – was televised.
Even NBA executives have suspicions about the fairness of the process.
The NBA counters by allowing each lottery team to have a representative in the drawing room. The league also promotes further transparency by inviting a few media members.
But the coronavirus presented obstacles. This year’s lottery was conducted virtually.
The NBA kicked around constructing some video wall in which representatives from each team could view (via Zoom) the drawing, but decided it was both unnecessary and cumbersome. A few team executives agitated for an in-person spot in the room, sources told ESPN. No dice.
I was the only media member in the drawing room. If this turns out to be one the NBA finally rigged, I will go down in infamy as having failed to detect the conspiracy.
The NBA, as usual, also posted video of the actual drawing:
That looked legitimate to me. Timberwolves then Warriors then Hornets then Bulls – just as the league announced last night.
I only wonder: How make takes did that video require?