Of all the ridiculous things to suggest, this is by far the most outlandish...and, OK, fine, realistic.
Heading into Game 5, Golden State Warriors beat writer Dieter Kurtenbach went public with the absurd notion that the NBA should rig the series between the Warriors and the Houston Rockets in Golden State's favor.
Given the league's TV ratings and the situation at hand, I'd fix the series so the Warriors win vs. Houston. But that would require Adam Silver to do something.— Dieter Kurtenbach (@dkurtenbach) May 8, 2019
But don't worry, folks, he'd only do it for ratings!
To go on record and say something like this is preposterous. TV ratings are decidedly not the problem with the NBA right now, considering it's one of the fastest growing sports leagues in the world.
It's even more outlandish when you consider that this is a Warriors beat writer suggesting this. That's right, the team that's won three of the past four NBA Finals and has assembled one of the most talented rosters in NBA history DEFINITELY could use a leg up.
Also, not for nothing: wouldn't the whole world rather see them crash and burn at this point than thrive?
Don't throw them under the bus. The playoffs are not over for them it's 2 to 2. And also remember they have one 3 Championships and there are not many other teams who have done that. Loving the Warriors. pic.twitter.com/4fiJK8Hxh2— KarenJ (@kij1120) May 7, 2019
It's just stupid on so many levels. Rigging a series, let alone in favor of arguably the most hated team in sports at the moment, would be a major black eye for the NBA.
Maybe this is a result of the fact that the Warriors actually appear vulnerable for once. Regardless, there's no excuse for proposing a fix for this series. Let the teams go at it and let the chips fall where they may.