If you consider yourself a card-carrying member of “The NBA Is Definitely Rigged” conspiracy club, May has been a banner month for you. First there was Dikembe Mutumbo tweeting a congratulatory message to the Philadelphia 76ers for winning the first overall pick in the NBA lottery before the lottery even began (something he claimed was a mistake), then hours later watching that very thing unfold during ESPN’s broadcast of the event, and now this.
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If you looked under the “Events” tab on the NBA’s official Facebook page earlier today, you would have found something slightly fishy. The league has already slotted the Golden State Warriors as the Cleveland Cavaliers opponent for Game 1 of the NBA Finals on June 2. This was news to a lot of people, seeing as the Warriors are scheduled to play Game 7 of the Western Conference Finals on Monday and, if they lose, will be going home for the summer.
The NBA subsequently deleted the post, and, sure, they can claim that they put Golden State in there as a placeholder, but if the Warriors pull out a win tomorrow night, somebody will have some explaining to do.