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Ranking the best NBA conspiracy theories on Reddit

Reddit is a collection point for some of the internet’s weirdest theories and ideas. Here are the best NBA conspiracy theories they’ve cataloged.

Skeptical or not, we all love a good (harmless) conspiracy theory and sports are fertile ground. Everyone knows the big and legendary NBA conspiracy theories – David Stern Frozen envelope To get Patrick Ewing on the Knicks team, it was really Michael Jordan’s baseball hiatus Shadow comment For gambling problems, the flu game was really a hangover.

But there are plenty of others, equally compelling despite holding a slightly smaller niche in the narrative arc of NBA history. a Recent NBA Reddit thread I asked my readers to share some conspiracies they genuinely believe in and I fell down the rabbit hole of unraveling some conspiracies I hadn’t heard of before.

Here are my favorite new NBA conspiracy theories:

4. A COLOR BLAST EXPLAINED WITH RIAN ANDERSON’S WEIRD SHOOTING DIVISIONS HOME/AWAY

The theory is explained in reddit In rather skimpy detail: “Ryan Anderson sucked shooting in predominantly red arenas due to being colorblind” but it was pointed out string From the last few years I’ve actually looked at some splits in shooting. However, those splits were only from his seasons with the Rockets. Presumably, Anderson would have had the same shooting problem in Houston when he was a member of other teams, or while playing in home arenas for heavy reds like the Chicago Bulls or Atlanta Hawks.

I don’t really have an objective way of determining the amount of red that may be in the background of different arenas, including how it may vary from season to season as team jerseys are redesigned. However, if we look at the numbers throughout his career played in Chicago, Atlanta and Houston compared to games in all other arenas, there appears to be a noteworthy trend with a decent sample size.

However, A.J Houston Chronicle Article From 2017 it is stated that Anderson is not colorblind. So either that’s not true, he’s not familiar with color blindness or he just doesn’t want to admit it.

3. The Morris twins traded

As explained reddit: “The Morris brothers definitely changed places during a playoff series before (I think it was 2017). One was playing and the other was out of the playoffs. I think Markiev got injured and it looked bad, but he’s still fit to play the next game. I’m still convinced he was marcus plays

It’s weird but it actually seems surprisingly reasonable. The game in question was Game 2 of the second round of the playoffs between the Wizards and Celtics. Markieff was a member of the Wizards and left Game 1 after what appeared to be a badly sprained ankle in the first quarter. Two nights later, he played 26 minutes, putting up 16 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals and a block. Or was his twin, Marcus, at the time a member of the Detroit Pistons, who missed the playoffs entirely?

In fact, Rodger Sherman discovered this plot at that time ringer He couldn’t come up with a definitive answer, but he did find some very interesting details:

First, the Morris twins previously admitted to doing exactly this thing, switching places during AAU games:

“We’ve done it before in AAU ball,” Markiev admitted in 2013. [the jersey switch] He was on the bench. It happened real fast. He hurt his ankle but I had a blemish. I gave them a little lame again, as if I was hurt and just kept playing.”

Second, she has identical twins matching tattoos. As Sherman pointed out: “Why would you get the same tattoo as someone if they didn’t commit basket fraud?”

2. The legend of Arsan Ilyasova

This is too weird to ignore, even if I can’t understand the practical implications at all. According to one Redditor: “Ersan Ilyasova = Arsen Ilyasov”

Ersan Ilyasova was a Turkish forward who played 825 career games in the NBA for seven different teams spanning 13 seasons. He was a fairly successful bowler, big with stretch and a penchant for drawing charges. (He last played during the 2020-21 season and still is Third in the list of all times for fees withdrawn).

Born in Uzbekistan, Arsen Eliasov crossed into Turkey at the age of 18 in 2002 and immediately disappeared with no documentation of his existence.

Maybe they are the same person?

The theory is that Ilyasov and his family were fleeing religious violence in Uzbekistan and took on new identities upon their arrival in Turkey. I’m not sure what really changed about Iliasova’s humble heritage, other than the fact that he was always three years older than his stated age. But in 2003 (before he got to the NBA) the Basketball Federation of Uzbekistan did Make a complaint with FIBA, claiming that Ilyasov is Ilyasov and that he is therefore ineligible to compete for Turkey in the European Championships.

I couldn’t find a definitive answer, but it’s especially strange that these unproven allegations and the whole story predate his long NBA career.

1. Prepare the air conditioning for Tottenham

I vaguely remember joking about this at the time, but didn’t realize it persisted as a legitimate conspiracy theory. As explained reddit: “The Spurs intentionally broke their air conditioning system because they knew LeBron was prone to cramping.”

This is a reference to Game 1 of the 2014 NBA Finals when the air conditioning at the AT&T Center failed in the middle of a game. This was June in San Antonio and the indoor temperature was quickly becoming steamy. LeBron James left the game with cramps in the fourth quarter and was unable to play the last 4:00 minutes. Coincidentally, the Spurs took a 16-3 lead to finish while LeBron sat out and won 110-93.

This theory relies heavily on the legendary gaming acumen and tactical brilliance of Gregg Popovich. But it’s hard to imagine the Spurs a) risking the health of their players b) having any reason to believe this would affect LeBron specifically enough to swing the game and c) being able to keep the system quiet all these years.

Still, Jason Terry accuse Tottenham have pulled similar albeit less dramatic stunts in the past, including placing a snake in the visitors’ locker room and turning off the hot water for a shower. And of course, Popovich himself joked about sending home people who fix air conditioners. Perhaps his dry sense of humor was hiding a bit of the truth?

This is perhaps the least believable of the four conspiracy theories. But it’s definitely my favourite.


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