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With no shortage of medical rumors, what has the NBA Draft come to?


By SAM SPIEGELMAN
XN Sports

There was the whole tanking conspiracy theory, in which teams were allegedly losing NBA games, intentionally, in order to improve their chances of earning a high lottery pick.

Similarly, the debate over who the Cleveland Cavaliers select with the top pick is under intense suspicion, too. Joel Embiid was reportedly cleared by the Cavs' team doctors, but there were whispers that his clearance was leaked only to force the Milwaukee Bucks' hand at No. 2 in order to trade into the No. 1 slot.

Now there's a third leg to the conspiracy triangle.

Julius Randle suggested that a team may have planted a story about him needing foot surgery. A projected top-10 pick, Randle saw his draft stock in flux after reports surfaced last week he would need surgery that would sideline him through training camp.

Randle refuted the report, telling ESPN Los Angeles that he does not need surgery and those rumors may have been planted by a team attempting to manipulate the outcome of the draft.

"I met with the best foot doctor in the country and he said he wouldn't do anything with my foot, so there's no scheduled surgery or anything," said Randle, adding that he would be ready to play in the summer league in July. "I feel healthy, athletic. I'm moving great. No problems recovering and I'm ready to go."

Randle said he thought a team might have planted the story.

"I think a lot of it is coming from maybe some teams (whose) motive is maybe for me to fall in the draft to them, or certain teams may want me," said Randle.

Whether Randle's draft stock would have been changed too much by a need for surgery remains unknown, but the fact that he accused a team of spreading such news is the latest example of NBA organizations operating in a sketchy way concerning the draft lottery.

The doctors in Cleveland cleared Embiid so it looks as if the Cavaliers will draft him. A team said Randle needs surgery so perhaps the team picking in the spot ahead of them may be skeptical about picking him?

This seems unheard of, but the more and more you hear about such sketchy behavior the more I believe it. Maybe Cleveland thinks it can deal the top pick if it puts pressure on the Bucks. Maybe Randle will land in Los Angeles if it can spread enough rumors to scare other teams off.

What remains to be see is whether this hearsay works. It's dangerous territory, because I fear that draft reports won't have any substance behind them. If that's the case, we're heading toward NBA Draft reports that are more like high school cafeterias than intel.

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fifa_sucks2 June 19 2014 at 5:42 PM

The nba had turned in to a big JOKE

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VIRGILPOWELL fifa_sucks2 June 20 2014 at 12:58 AM

i agree with you 100%......can't stand to watch any part of it

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bottomtime321 VIRGILPOWELL June 20 2014 at 7:57 AM

The only part I could stand to watch, was the Spurs kicking Miami's / King Jokes AZZ!

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coyydog June 19 2014 at 6:52 PM

NBA is a total joke

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HI BEAUTIFUL June 20 2014 at 1:12 AM

Who cares and if they do why............overpaid players that make up rules of behavior as they go along. The only people that would worry are the owners but I think most people just don't care at all.

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BroPower June 20 2014 at 8:09 AM

NBA - Nig Basketball association.
80% corrupt thugs with balls.

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vladimir June 20 2014 at 3:07 AM

NBA ? Why is this thing still even around ? Fold the league and allow them to work at McDonalds, garbage collecting engineers, etc.

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bottomtime321 vladimir June 20 2014 at 8:01 AM

Most would be in Prison!

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bottomtime321 June 20 2014 at 7:59 AM

76% smoke Dope
42% end up broke after there career
and look at all the arrests

No Thanks!

I'll watch paint dry!

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davidmasella June 20 2014 at 1:04 AM

I agree with all of you that have this major negative view of the NBA. There's just one small problem with your theory, "YOU KEEP GOING TO THE DAMN GAMES"!!!

BOYCOTT THE NBA!!!

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jannjanf June 20 2014 at 1:29 AM

The NBA is a joke that no one outside the cities having teams watches. It's draft might as well be a joke too. If you doubt my first sentence, request ESPN to publish its ratings for the NBA by city and State.

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allstarcaps June 20 2014 at 1:16 AM

NBA = WWF....Silver is a freaking JOKE!

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jannjanf allstarcaps June 20 2014 at 1:30 AM

the difference is that the WWE actually is sometimes entertaining.

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pdbliz June 20 2014 at 10:06 AM

ALL SPORTS HAS BECOME A ,,,,JOKE.!!!!!
If the stupid people would stop paying big,,huge prices for tickets,,,,,this may wake the sports people up.
BUT,,,ALL SPORTS IS A JOKE AND RIGGED.!!!

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dredselw pdbliz June 20 2014 at 11:35 AM

It's not the tickets it's the TV deals and that's why EVERYONE has a high cable bill. During the senate hearings recently the sports packages were pointed out as the reason for high prices. How else can they pay millions for playing a game? Until people say NO MORE nothing will change.

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