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Did Dikembe Mutombo reveal in a tweet that the NBA draft lottery is rigged?

Is the NBA's best finger-wagger in on the conspiracy?

 

Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on May 17, 2016   Updated on May 26, 2021, 6:30 pm CDT

Despite the fact they will become the first major American sports team to wear a sponsored jersey patch, the Philadelphia 76ers were horrendously bad this past year. The Sixers finished the NBA season with a 10-72 record—but that doesn’t mean they automatically get the No. 1 overall pick in the upcoming NBA draft.

Based on the way the NBA lottery works, Philadelphia had a 27 percent chance of being awarded the No. 1 pick. However, since many NBA fans believe the lottery is rigged—this goes all the way back to the 1985 draft when, somehow, the Knicks went No. 1 overall and got to draft Patrick Ewing because of, maybe, a frozen envelope—this tweet from former NBA star Dikembe Mutombo raised some eyebrows.

Since he tweeted it out hours in advance.

https://twitter.com/JoelEmbiid/status/732677769398788097

Soon after, Mutombo deleted the tweet, replacing it with this.

But when it was revealed Tuesday night the Sixers had actually won the No. 1 overall pick, the Twitter conspiracy crowd went crazy.

While Mutombo was a dynamic player and a Hall of Fame center, he’s been retired for seven years. But if he’s looking to get into the world of soothsaying, his services could be in demand.

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*First Published: May 17, 2016, 9:44 pm CDT