BSHW Conspiracies: The Origins of the NBA Mafia
For those who don’t know who the NBA Mafia is:
The infamous NBA Mafia needs a more defining description than words to describe the devious, hellish, and twisted monstrosities they’ve created inside the trenches of professional basketball. Listed below are timelines of NBA Mafia cover-ups…continue if you dare.
1980-1986: The Showtime Los Angeles Lakers headlined by Magic Johnson, James Worthy, and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar win 3 championships in 7 years generating millions of dollars for the NBA due to their status as the NBA’s best and biggest market.
1981-1986: The Boston Celtics led by Larry Bird and joined by Kevin McHale, Roscoe Parish, Bill Walton and Danny Ainge are just coming off their 3rd championship in 6 years.
1985-1986: The Celtics and Lakers both win a finals against each other creating one of the biggest rivalries of all time.
June 17th, 1986: Celtics select college basketball phenom Len Bias #2 overall to join an already stacked line-up.
June 19th, 1986: Len Bias dies from a cocaine overdose after experimenting with the drug.
1987: Lakers beat the Celtics in the NBA Finals.
1988-1991: Lakers play in three more NBA Finals while winning one of them. The Boston Celtics never make another NBA Finals until 2008.
1985: The New York Knicks, one of the NBA’s largest markets, go 24-58 to finish 10th in the Eastern Conference after star Bernard King destroyed his knee.
1985: Patrick Ewing finishes his senior year at Georgetown and is considered one of the best college prospects of all time.
1985: The NBA changes the draft system to the lottery system. At the time, each of the non-playoff teams were put into different envelopes at random. The order was determined in the way the commissioner picked each envelope, 1st team picked got first pick.
1985: The NBA draft commences, one envelope appears to have a folded corner. Commissioner David Stern selects that specific envelope, and the New York Knicks get the first pick, which they use to draft Patrick Ewing.
1988-2001: The Knicks make the playoffs every year, including 2 NBA Finals.
2000-2001: Lakers win back to back NBA finals under the duo of Shaq and Kobe in one of the NBA’s largest markets.
2002: Sacramento Kings finish the season with the best record in the NBA at 61-21 and clinch home court advantage throughout the playoffs, but they unfortunately placed in the bottom half of fan attendance in a small market. The defending champion Los Angeles Lakers go 58-24 to claim the 3 seed.
May 31, 2002: The Kings and Lakers both make it to the Western Conference Finals. The Kings get up 3-2 going into game six. Kings start off hot to build a 24 point halftime lead. Lakers come back to win after they shoot 27 free throws alone in the fourth quarter due to many controversial foul calls.
2002: Lakers win game 7 and go on to win their 3rd NBA Championship to complete the 3-peat. The Kings still have never made a NBA Finals.
2006-2010: The Cavs, lead by LeBron James, make the playoffs every year including a NBA Finals but fail to win a championship.
2010: LeBron James leaves the Cavaliers to join Chris Bosh and Dwayne Wade in Miami.
2011-2014: The Miami Heat make it to four straight NBA Finals and win 2 of them giving LeBron his first 2 rings.
2011: The Cleveland Cavaliers go 19-63 to have the second worst record in the NBA the year after LeBron leaves.
2011: The Cleveland Cavaliers have two first round picks with a 19.9% chance and a 2.8% chance of receiving the 1st overall pick with a chance to pick a young Kyrie Irving. The Cavs’ 2.8% chance pick ends up winning the 1st overall, and their other becomes the 4th overall.
2011: The Cavaliers draft Kyrie Irving and Tristan Thompson to start their rebuild.
2015-2016: LeBron signs back with the Cavaliers. The team goes to back-to-back championships and are able to win one, giving Cleveland, LeBron’s home area, their first championship in 56 years.
2007: Celtics trade for all-stars Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett to form a Big 3 with star Paul Pierce.
2008: Celtics win their 17th NBA Finals due to the playing of the Big 3.
2010: Miami Heat sign LeBron James, Dwayne Wade, and Chris Bosh to form a Big 3 in Miami.
2010-2014: Miami Heat go to 4 straight NBA Finals and win 2 championships.
2011: David Stern vetoes trade to send Chris Paul to Lakers to create a Big 3 with all-stars Kobe Bryant and Andrew Bynum.
2016: Warriors sign 2014 NBA MVP Kevin Durant to make Big 4 with 2-time reigning MVP Stephen Curry and all-stars Draymond Green and Klay Thompson.
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