The NBA has always been full of conspiracies, for years. Let us take a look back at some of them. The Orlando Magic becomes a new franchise and just so happen to get the #1 pick, two years in a row. The Cleveland Cavaliers happened to get the #1 pick the same year Akron’s own LeBron James is available. Chicago Bulls just happen to get the #1 pick the year Chicago’s superstar Derrick Rose become eligible for the draft. Lastly, the Cleveland Cavaliers get three #1 picks after LeBron James leaves to go back to Miami, making it very convenient for him to come back home to a championship contender.
Now for the latest conspiracy. Lonzo Ball to the Los Angeles Lakers. This year, the Los Angeles Lakers have the second worst record in the league. Their pick is only protected if they get a top 3 selection, or the pick goes to the 76ers. With that being said, the Lakers are obviously trying to lose games in order to be bad enough to get a top three pick. They got rid of their top scorer, Lou Williams, to the Rockets and now are sitting several veterans in order to assure a bad enough record to align themselves to draft UCLA’s Lonzo Ball.
Nothing in the previous paragraph should be anything new to the average NBA fan. Now I am going to enlighten you on a conspiracy that no one seems to be talking about. Everyone has been conversing this week on why the Cavaliers sat their “Big 3” on Saturday night versus the Clippers, on a nationally televised game, but played everyone against the terrible Lakers on Sunday. Their reason for sitting the “Big 3” was for rest due to back-to -back games, but they didn’t have a game on Friday. Let me give you a little history about coach Tyronn Lue. He just so happens to have 2 NBA championship rings as a player, 1 championship ring as an assistant coach, and 1 championship ring as a head coach. Where did he win his player rings? You got it, with Shaq and Kobe as a member of the Los Angeles Lakers. Remember the Iverson step over? Yes, that was Tyronn Lue. He won his first coaching ring as Doc Rivers’ assistant coach with the Boston Celtics. Look at any film that year Boston won, that was Tyronn Lue behind Doc Rivers every game. So, let us break it down. The Clippers are currently in 5th place in the Western Conference, fighting for a first-round home court advantage, with several other teams to get the 4th spot. Tyronn, being the nice guy he is, decided to help his mentor Doc Rivers gain a win to help position the Clippers to become a 4th seed while playing his starters and winning Sunday against the terrible Lakers, which helps put them in a better position to get a top 3 draft pick. A top three pick would allow them to keep the pick and not give it to the 76ers. If you look back at the previous paragraph, the NBA just so happens to do a good job with allowing the next coming superstar to join their hometown team. Ask yourself, why don’t you ever see the lottery balls get selected? So, expect the Lakers to get Lonzo Ball. Tyronn Lue just happened to be a pawn in what I call “NBA CHESS”.