The Three most infamous Rigged games in
David Stern has Rigged hundreds of games in his 24 years in
office. The three that we rank as the most important are Game 7 of the 2000
Western Conference Finals , Game 6 of the 2002 Western Conference Finals and
game 5 of the 2006 NBA Finals. These are by far the most notorious rigged
games in recent memory.
Game 7 2000 Western Conference Final
Portland Trail Blazer vs Los Angeles Lakers
Portland won 59 games during the regular season. The Trail
Blazers were big, skilled & athletic. They were young & old. Sabonis,
Pippen, Schrempf were a little past their prime, But Wallace, Stoudmire,
O'Neal & Wells were young. They had
a starting 5 of 7'3" Arydas Sabonis, 6"10" Rasheed Wallace, 6'9" Scottie Pippen,
Smith, 6'3"Damon Stoudmire. Their bench consisted of Brian Grant ( a
real hustler on the boards) Bonzi Wells,
Jermaine O'Neal ( came in out of high school ) Detlef Schrempf, Greg Anthony & Stacey Augman.
This great team was denied a NBA
Championship because David Stern wanted to make more Money
In the deciding game of the Western Conference Championships
June 4 in The Staples Center. With the series tied at three wins each, the
Trail Blazers were leading the host Lakers, 73-58, early in the fourth quarter
then were outscored, 31-11 in the last 11 minutes and lost, 89-85. The Trail
Blazers took 16 FTA the Lakers took 37 FTA . The Trail Blazers top defensive
players Arydas Sabonis & Scottie Pippen both fouled out. In the fourth quarter
every call was in favor of the Lakers.
Both of Sabonis 5th & 6th fouls were terrible calls, both came on
blocking calls. When Portland lost Sabonis they had to go to Brian Grant, who
at 6'8" was too small to play key minutes at center against
Game 6 2002 Western Conference Final
Sacramento Kings vs Los Angeles Lakers
Sacramento won 61 games during the regular season.
They had a starting 5 of Chris Webber, Mike Bibby, Doug Chritie, Pega
Stojakovic, Vlade Divac. There Bench was Bobby Jackson, Hedo Turkoglu, Scott
Pollard & Lawrence Funderburke. The Kings were a high octane offence that like
to run & gun.
" too many of the calls in the fourth quarter
were stunningly incorrect , all against Sacramento. I have never seen
officiating in a game of this consequence as bad as that in Game 6." - Michael
Wilborn Washington Post
In all the Lakers took 27 foul shots in the fourth quarter.
With Sacramento up 3 games to 2 this rigged game prevented them from advancing
to the NBA Finals. For the game the Lakers took 15 more FTA both Scott Pollard
& Vlade Divac both fouled out on plays where they did not even touch the Laker
" I've been covering the NBA for 30 years,
and it's the poorest officiating in a important game I've ever seen," David
Dupree USA Today
Game 5 2006 NBA Final Miami Heat vs Dallas
The Dallas Mavericks 2005-2006 season was indisputably the
greatest in NBA history.
Dallas won 60 games during the regular season In addition to Dirk Nowitzki
being named the NBA's MVP and winning the 3-point contest
Nowitzki again topping the 2,000 point mark while setting career-highs
in scoring (26.6 ppg), field goal percentage (48.0%), 3-point field goal
percentage (40.6%), and free throw percentage (90.1%). Joining Nowitzki on
Dallas's starting 5 were Jason Terry, Devin Harris, Josh Howard & Desagana
Diop. Coming off the bench was Erick Dampeir, Jerry Stackhouse & Adrian
Fined $250K Because of Outburst After Game 5 of NBA Finals
According to an AP report he said to Stern
and other NBA officials, who were seated at the scorer's table and was
overheard to shout venomously in the jubilant din, '[Bleep] you! [Bleep] you!
Your league is rigged!'
David Stern decided that game 5 would be his chance to pay
back all his sponsors. Dywane Wade who was a spokes person for Converse,
Gatorade, T-mobile cell phones, Lincoln cars & whose Jersey is in the top 3 in
sales was the benefactor . In total Wade went to the foul
line 25 xs, There were 5 separate fouls on Wade in which he was never touched.
The internet bloggers refer to them as the Phantom Fouls. Miami as a team went
to the line 49 xs to Dallas 25 xs. Dallas finished with 6 more field goals 11
more rebounds & lost the game by one. Both of Dallas low post defenders were
in foul trouble Diop fouled out Dampier finished with 5 fouls.
David Stern's greed deprived Nowitzki
an NBA title in 2006
interview Tim Donaghy