NBA Playoffs 2016 is nearing the championship round. As Golden State Warriors tries to overcome a 3-1 deficit and Oklahoma City Thunder hangs tight to their championship claim in the Western Conference Finals, NBA is being accused of cooking the games’ results.
Several incidents caused the speculations to surface. One example was when Dub Nation’s Draymond Green’s offenses against Rip City’s Steven Adams were not given a game suspension. Instead of barring Green from the games, he was merely slapped with a fine and his second flagrant foul was accelerated to Flagrant Foul 2 instead of the original call.
Toronto Raptors Bismack Biyombo who garnered flagrant fouls for tackling and elbowing was suspended immediately after four flagrant points.
To put weight to the accusations, Fox Sports reports one NBA fan exposed Facebook events showing NBA Playoffs 2016 Finals. It predetermined a showdown between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors ahead of Dub Nation’s Game 7 against Rip City.
NBA commissioner Adam Silver went on record with ESPN to say that these rigged rumors are simply not true. He clarified that the issue was also not unique to this season.
However, his choice of words was not the most reassuring he could have used.
“Even from a business standpoint, it would be impossible to predict which Finals would have a greater following. I can only thus sort of swear to the world that we do the best we can and that we don’t prefer one market or one team over another.”
He also said that NBA executives conducted a rigorous investigation regarding the Green-Adams incident. Interviewing the officials who witnessed it and the players involved, the executives decided that the kick was not intentional on Green’s part. He also said that the decision not to suspend Green was really a close call.
As for the dubious NBA Playoffs 2016 championship events on Facebook, one can think it’s a self-fulfilling prophecy. For all we know, a GSW fan might be behind the predictive event.