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Lottery Turned Out to Be Quite a Coincidence

May 25, 1985

Well, so the same firm that ran the NBA lottery is employed by the Knicks. What a coincidence. And the NBA's TV contract is up after next year. What a coincidence. And New York is the largest TV market in the country. What a coincidence.

Pro basketball and its so-called world's greatest athletes (world's tallest athletes is more like it) seem to be going the way of pro wrestling; or a combination of pro wrestling and "Dialing for Dollars."

Adios, NBA. Your credibility is badly damaged, not only by the Ewing lottery. How about the Cleveland affair? Traded away all your draft choices? No sweat. Buy the club and we'll give you some more. The heck with the little teams that do it right and play by the rules.

A sport without commitment to its rules and with seemingly little or no integrity is not a sport at all. It's merely a business and should be no more likened to real sports than "Battle of the Network Stars."

SCOTT LLOYD

Torrance

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