Some people find somebody to blame when they don't get what they want.
When their team loses, they blame officials, the media and announcers. When they fail to get the promotion, they blame their bosses. When life doesn't go the way it ought to, they blame the government or the corrupt and evil politicians for which their no good neighbors voted. When they stay up late listening to news talk radio, they blame the world's woes on aliens from Neptune, Venus and Mars.
When the Charlotte Bobcats do not get the top pick in the NBA draft, they blame the league. It's a conspiracy, I tell you.
George Shinn sold the Hornets to the NBA; the NBA found a buyer but the deal is not yet official; to make the sale more attractive, the league fixed the lottery so that underdog New Orleans, and not favored Charlotte, would get the top pick.
The only problem with the theory is that there's no chance it is true. Representatives from every team, including the Bobcats, watched the process take place. A
Also, too many people would have to know about the fix. People from this planet are not good at keeping secrets.
Lastly, if the NBA did fix the lottery, New Orleans would not have won the pick. New Orleans is a terrible NBA market. Anthony Davis will have an impact there, but not nearly the impact he would on ticket sales in Charlotte or in a major market.
If the lottery were fixed, New Jersey/Brooklyn would have received the first pick, and a gray and boring team suddenly would become colorful.
Conspiracies can be fun, I guess. But they're invariably fiction.
Truth is, it's unlikely that anybody is out to get you -- or your team.