FORMER NBA ALL STAR AND PLAYERS ASSOCIATION PRESIDENT SAYS HE KNOWS THE LEAGUE FIXED PLAYOFF SERIES

JOE CALDWELL

Conspiracy theorists rejoice! At least one person says NBA hanky panky went on a long time before disgraced referee Tim Donaghy.

Former NBA All-Star Joe Caldwell, who was also an Olympic gold medalist and the President of the NBA Players Association in the 70’s, says he KNOWS the league has fixed playoff series.

Caldwell has been saying the NBA rigged the playoffs for years. He even wrote a book about it.

In his biography, “Banned From Basketball,” Caldwell refers to himself as the “Curt Flood of basketball.” Caldwell was the first free agent in professional basketball history and the first to jump from the NBA (where he was an All-Star with the Atlanta Hawks) to the ABA.

Caldwell was actually ARRESTED and eventually banned from the NBA for breaking his contract. No less an authority than Dr. J, NBA/ABA legend Julius Erving, claims, “”Joe Caldwell has been blackballed” from basketball.

In his book, Caldwell described how he and his Hawks coach Richie Guerin overheard a conversation between then NBA Commissioner Walter Kennedy and referee Mendy Rudolph:

 

Guerin and Caldwell both overheard two men taking in the breezeway of the Georgia Tech Coliseum. One of the men was Walter Kennedy, the N.B.A. commissioner, and the other was Mendy Rudolph, one of the league’s top officials.

“Just look at this, only 7,200 people in the place,” snapped Kennedy. “We have to have more than this for the playoffs.”

Guerin was infuriated by what he heard. He realized they were conspiring to try to knock the Hawks out of the playoffs again. This was the most frustrating situation because he was powerless. There was nothing he could do to stop the conspiracy. In the first playoff game against the Los Angeles Lakers, 34 fouls were called against the Hawks.

West ended up going to the line 57 times in a four game sweep by the Lakers over Atlanta. That year’s NBA Finals featured the league’s top markets- New York vs Los Angeles.

Caldwell says Guerin “went nuts on Kennedy” and was eventually fined by the league.  In an interview with the New York Post this week Caldwell said,

“The NBA is like any conglomerate. They’ll do anything they can do to make money. Why is it so hard for people to understand?”

Caldwell says he believes the league still manipulates playoff series pointing out that current Commissioner David Stern worked for Kennedy’s law firm.

JOE CALDWELL MADE HIS ALLEGATIONS YEARS BEFORE THE CURRENT TIM DONAGHY SCANDAL

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