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2011 NBA Draft Thread: Where Rumors and Conspiracy Theories Abound

The 2011 Draft is here. Today, every fan becomes a fount of optimism that when David Stern announces, "With the Nth pick of the 2011 NBA Draft, the (insert team name here) pick (insert overhyped/underrated players here)," our team has gotten the next Magic, Bird, Jordan, or (heaven forbid) Darko. Some teams are rebuilding and some teams (the Spurs?) are looking to reload for one last shot at the Larry O'Brien trophy, but all are hoping to catch lightning in a bottle. For some reason, not every team gets future all-stars with the 28th and 57th picks. Heck, some teams can't even get a productive player out of the #1 pick.

So join us tonight to discuss the Draft in all of its glory.

The MSM has been trumpeting this as a "weak" draft - I disagree. However, it is lacking in "star" power, but the number of solid role players is deeper than one might think. And with the CBA negotiations looming over the entire league, it's about to get interesting. Teams wanting to retool rosters, prior to the potential lockout, have to do it by the end of the month. Rumors abound, even for our beloved, and typically close-mouthed, Spurs. And is there even any point in assuming the Spurs will stick at #29 and #59? When KAHN! has a lot of control over what will transpire, everyone needs to Fasten your seatbelts. It's going to be a bumpy night.

However, part of the fun of the NBA Draft is the resultant conspiracy theories, the most famous being the 1985 creased envelope that allowed the Knicks to pick Patrick Ewing. And of course, everyone's favorite GM went to that well again this year, not taking into account Donald Sterling's karma. So, to pass the time until Stern's first appearance at the dais tonight, share with everyone your favorite conspiracy theory, sports or otherwise. Here's one of mine:

I don't know how it is that I live in Denver and only found out about this last month.