NBA history could be made on Monday night as the Denver Nuggets go after their first world championship in Game 5 of the NBA Finals versus the Miami Heat.
In recent years, most Larry O’Brien Trophies have been won by squads such as the Los Angeles Lakers, Golden State Warriors and San Antonio Spurs, leading many to accuse the league of rigging it in favor of larger markets and marquee teams. ,
But commentator Colin Cowherd says there is nothing to believe in the allegation, as he points out that for the last several decades every major sports league has had roughly the same number of champions.
“Nothing is rigged, hate to break it to you… Denver has rolled and they’re mowing in Miami.”
– The Herd w/ Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) June 12, 2023
Some may view the Nuggets as a rarity in the sense that they are a small market team that has never won anything but seems like it is about to win it all.
However, the fact that the Spurs, a mid-market team with not exactly a sexy image, have won five titles is proof that the NBA is not rigged.
Cowherd pointed out that if the league were rigged, the Lakers and Boston Celtics would face off in the championship series this year, renewing arguably the greatest rivalry in all of pro sports.
Such a matchup would have gotten much better ratings than this Nuggets-Heat matchup, which would have meant a lot more revenue for the league.
Both the Lakers and Celtics reached the Conference Finals, but the Lakers were swept by the Nuggets, while the Celtics exited with a whimper at home in Game 7 versus Miami.
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