76ers Ask NBA To Delay Anti-Tanking Measures Until They're Done Tanking

A couple weeks back, it was reported that the NBA was attempting to push through changes to its draft lottery system: a re-weighting of the odds that would discourage tanking. The Philadelphia 76ers would reportedly like the NBA to hold on a sec, because they're not finished being terrible. » 7/30/14 2:47pm 7/30/14 2:47pm

Report: NBA Wants To Re-Weight Draft Lottery Odds To Discourage Tanking

Everybody likes seeing shitty teams have the opportunity to get better, but nobody likes seeing those teams intentionally be shitty to land a top draft pick. The NBA is forever on the hunt for the happy medium, and according to Zach Lowe at Grantland, it has formally proposed a new system that would lessen the… » 7/16/14 4:48pm 7/16/14 4:48pm

The Cavs Are Willing To Trade The First Overall Pick

The Cavaliers beat the odds—a 15.6 percent chance, third-best in the lottery—to land the 2013 first overall pick. But the consensus top pick has questions, and he's not particularly what Cleveland needs. It would make all the sense in the world for the Cavs to trade down from No. 1, something that hasn't been done in… » 5/22/13 10:41am 5/22/13 10:41am

The Official Bobcats Draft Lottery Party Was A Sad, Sad Time

The Bobcats opened up Time Warner Cable Arena for fans to come and watch last night's draft lottery. A lovely gesture, one much appreciated by the 40 or so people who showed up. As we know by now, the Bobcats slipped to No. 2. There was shock, anger, sadness, apathy, shuffling off into the Charlotte night. The cycle… » 5/31/12 10:10am 5/31/12 10:10am

No Matter Who Wins, The NBA Draft Lottery Is Fixed

If Charlotte wins the first overall pick in tonight's draft lottery, it'll be because the association wants Michael Jordan to succeed and the Bobcats to draw in a market the NBA desperately wants to stay in. If Washington wins the lottery, it'll be because Ted Leonsis's son is the team's rep, and the NBA loves having … » 5/30/12 4:40pm 5/30/12 4:40pm

John Wall Also Knew The Cavs Were Going To Win The Lottery. HMM.

TrueHoop's Henry Abbott asks that we take a second look at this throwaway line from Harvey Araton's piece on Kyrie Irving in the New York Times today: "Tuesday night, John Wall — last year's first pick by Washington — whispered 'Cleveland' in [Irving's] ear before the cameras turned on." Hmm. HMM. [TrueHoop, New York… » 5/19/11 6:10pm 5/19/11 6:10pm

Dan Gilbert Also Knew The Cavs Were Going To Win The Lottery. Hmm.

Every morning, the fine folks at Sports Radio Interviews sift through the a.m. drive-time chatter to bring you the best interviews with coaches, players, and personalities across the sports landscape. Today: the Cavs owner displays either a loose grasp of how odds work, or David Kahn was right. » 5/18/11 4:30pm 5/18/11 4:30pm

Your NBA Draft Lottery/Thunder-Mavs Game One Open Thread

Someone's dreams will be crushed tonight. Either they will be David Kahn's, when he and the Wolves lose the lottery, or they will be Kyrie Irving's, when he realizes there's a 60.5 percent chance that Minnesota (the Land of 10,000 Point Guards), Cleveland, or Toronto winds up with the first pick. Or, I suppose, they… » 5/17/11 8:30pm 5/17/11 8:30pm

Well, We Suppose This Ruins Pitino's Master Plan

Yes, friends, it is a sad day in Celtics land. (It's a sad day in Grizzlies land too, but nobody cares about the Grizzlies.) All the hopes and dreams of Bill Simmons — who should have plenty to write about over the next five years — and those Golden Tee-playing Boston fans went up in a poof of lottery smoke. It's… » 5/23/07 11:30am 5/23/07 11:30am