Is the NBA Draft Lottery rigged? Conspiracy theorists just got some fodder if the Philadelphia 76ers end up winning the No. 1 overall pick in the coming draft on Tuesday night.
NBA legend Dikembe Mutombo sent out a tweet that congratulated the 76ers on winning the No. 1 pick in the draft at around 4:45 pm on Tuesday. Except the lottery hadn't even took place yet.
The tweet was deleted within minutes. But things live forever on the Internet.
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Here's my guess on what happened. Deke or his people saw the Sixers' official account encouraging people to tweet using a #PHILAfirst hashtag (or was even asked nicely by the team) and misunderstood what it actually meant. Or he just forgot there was a lottery all together.
Probably an honest mistake but yikes it looked bad.
He later apologized for wagging the itchy trigger finger early.