"Have you stopped beating your wife yet?" -- NBA Commissioner David Stern in what I hope was a rhetorical question to Jim Rome, 6/13/12
Since the first NBA Draft Lottery in 1985 gift-wrapped Patrick Ewing to the downtrodden New York Knicks, there have been conspiracy theorists galore that have surmised that somehow commissioner David Stern is manipulating the results of the draft lottery each season.
Through the years, a few of the other lotteries have produced similar curious results, as in 1993 when a Shaquille O'Neal-led Orlando Magic won the first pick for the second consecutive year with the longest odds on the board (a pick they flipped for Penny Hardaway and multiple first-round picks) and 2008 when Chicago parlayed an 8 percent chance of winning into the first pick (Derrick Rose, from, of all places, get ready for it...CHICAGO!).