Monday, September 16th, 2013 at 10:03 am  |  44 responses

Report: 1981-82 Knicks Fixed Games

The ’81-82 Knicks went 33-49 and finished 10th in the East. According to an FBI report, the team was just fine with losing more often than they won. Per the New York Post:Coked-up Knicks players fixed games as a favor to their drug dealer — who bet big bucks against the anemic New York squad, FBI informants claimed during the 1981-82 season. The feds probed whether three Knicks, reportedly ‘heavy users of cocaine,’ and their supplier, ‘one of the largest dealers on the East Coast,’ shaved points, according to FBI documents cited in Brian Tuohy’s book, ‘Larceny Games: Sports Gambling, Game Fixing and the FBI.’ The dealer was a degenerate gambler who usually bet $300 a game, informants told investigators, but in January 1982 he began laying $10,000 wagers on Knicks’ opponents — and winning them. By March 25, the coke dealer had won six of his seven five-figure bets against the Knicks — while continuing to make his normal $300 wagers on other NBA games. ‘Over . . . the last two months, all three [players] have given . . . tips on when to bet the Knicks to lose. This has occurred seven times and six of the tips were good,’ according to FBI files citing two unnamed sources.’ At the same time, FBI moles began to suspect the Knick trio were ‘betting against themselves.’”

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  • baller

    waiting for the same article this time bout the 2000 Lakers team

  • Anthony

    I love basketball, truly do. But i think a lot of games are fixed now a days. Maybe not all by players, but by some refs too. Its one those things you’d never know until you’r be hind that “velvet rope” and in the inner of inner circles in the L.

  • http://h2hoops.wordpress.com/ Habeeba Husain

    “Coked-up Knicks players fixed games as a favor to their drug dealer…” oh my, this is truly disappointing. :(

  • Conor

    The 2002, 2006, 2008, and 2012 finals are all examples that the League, whether before a season or during, not only preemptively has favourites (often market-influenced), but actually has the audacity to elect champions of the entire League. It’s astoundingly obvious, yet fans say nothing and continue to purchase tickets. Nothing will ever change if the audience doesn’t change.

  • spit hot fiyah

    “But without any physical evidence — and no confessions — the Knicks case
    crumpled. An FBI spokeswoman said the case was closed, without any
    arrests, in 1986.”

    so basically a bunch of allegations that prove nothing, and that happened some 30 years ago. great

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    yea? it’s similar to a team that threw games, because they won the title? that makes sense.

  • Caboose

    What’s worse:
    Players intentionally throwing games
    Refs directly influencing who wins a game
    The upper offices of the L telling the refs who should win

  • Evan Boland

    Do you believe Connor’s allegations? Do you think there’s any truth to the conspiracies? I really hope not man.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    nah, not how he is painting it. but it would be dishonest to say there is no truth to some of what he said, like 2002, Donahue was involved, but that wasn’t the league doing that. the league isn’t fixing games/series/seasons, if they were, we never would have had that finals in 2003 or the results in 2004. We wouldn’t have had New York missing the playoffs every year for a decade. – The more realistic conspiracies revolve around the draft, but even those are pretty far fetched when you look at the larger picture.

  • Conor

    2002: I’m a Lakers fan and it was evident what was being controlled.

    2006: Dwyane Wade shot 97 free throws in six games. Disgraceful.

    2008: Leon Powe out-attempted the entire Lakers team from the free throw line in Game II. Games I & II dictated the entire series and the Celtics averaged close to 40 free throw attempts per game. This sort of thing happened (1:00) frequently:


    2012: It was mostly Miami outplaying OKC, but Game II was decided by the officials. And that victory may have spelled an entirely different series for OKC.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    2006 – you didn’t watch it? Dwyane Wade lived in the lane and at the hoop. He shot 97 free throws because he got fouled 50 times. it wasn’t fixed.
    2008 – the video you just showed is of Paul Pierce going off against LA. And the majority of those highlights are no calls. LOL, you just showed the refs not calling fouls. But, good lord, way to admit you watched that series with your purple and gold sunglasses on. LA settled for jumpers, and their triangle typically didn’t earn a bunch of fouls anyway, especially in game 2, where LA shot 21 three’s (to Boston’s 14), and Kobe shot 23 shots….compared to Pau Gasol’s whopping 12. And the Celtics lived in the paint. 65 offensive rebounds in the series to 49 for the Lakers. F*ck, the FT discrepancy was 191 to 170. 21 more FT attempts in 6 games. A whopping 3.5 more per game….but BOS shot 18 more in game 2, so, …… if you watched, it would make sense.

    if you watched…….

    2012 is a joke right? you did not watch game 2 and honestly come up with that it was rigged? in what way? Miami jumped to a 27-15 lead after the 1st quarter. They shot, less free throws. They had less turnovers. And OKC only was even in the game because they hit 3 of their 7 3pt attempts in the 4th quarter.
    man you need to just stop with this conspiracy bullsh*t. it’s stupid.

  • Conor

    The 2006 Finals was a sick joke. Just because Wade “lived” in the lane did not warrant the literal displacement of any opposing Maverick who deigned to exhale as he leapt directly into their bodies. Get real.


    The 2008 Finals was fixed during the first two games. That was the point of my specifically mentioning Games I & II. It was a Boston Homecoming against a Lakers team which wasn’t entirely championship-inveterate. Gasol took twelve shots during Game II because he (and PJ) allowed himself to be neutralized by Thibodeau’s defence.

    I mentioned the minute-mark because it displays a microcosm of the series: PJ Brown obstreperously pushing Gasol to the damn floor with no repercussion and a simple dunk for Pierce. Not to mention that the Celtics actually required the officiating boost until Game VI is embarrassing given the lack of Bynum and an attuned Ariza.

    Phil Jackson screwed up Game IV for the Lakers. Their starters garnered the lead, the bench extended it momentarily, but once Boston’s starters began mounting their comeback, he did not react with an urgency befitting such a dire moment of a championship series game.

    “Their triangle typically didn’t earn a bunch of fouls anyway”… you mean the offence which was officiated completely differently from May to June? That one?


    As for 2012, I explained what I thought was rigged of that series pretty succinctly. I can’t interpret simple arguments for you, nbk. You know the fouls I alluded to.


    Listen, you’re a Suns fan. I get that it’s difficult for you to understand the nuances of a championship round.

    Having said that, when aberrations as great as those aforementioned four occur, there is no conspiracy. It simply is fact that referees made certain calls as instruments of the N.B.A.’s (and corporate sponsors’!) will which determined championships.

    It may be stupid to dwell on relics of rigging, but you’re a Suns fan, so who’s worse-off here?

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    only you think 2006 was fixed. and guess what? that’s the series Shaq got another title. You as a Kobe fan, are not someone who’s opinion on anything Lakers/Shaq/Kobe related really carries any weight.

    “Their triangle typically didn’t earn a bunch of fouls anyway”… you mean the offence which was officiated completely differently from May to June? That one?”

    - They shot more free throws in the playoffs then in the regular season. Officiated completely differently? By calling more fouls? You think the league wants to fix things so that the Lakers don’t win? That is stupid at the most basic levels of stupid that I feel bad calling you out for it.

    I am no fan of anyone. I could care less who wins in what season. I don’t know how many times this has to be said or shown to set in. I have never let any bias cloud my judgement of basketball teams. I have no bias to let that happen. I want the best team to win. Every. Single. Time.
    I have never claimed rigging of any sort outside of what was done by Tim Donahue, which affected every team in the league. You don’t see me crying about the league fixing things against the suns.
    I’m not “gullible” enough to buy into a dumb conspiracy that is mainly supported by my personal beliefs. Unlike you, clearly.

  • underdog

    News nowadays.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    2008 NBA Finals.
    Boston Celtics 16 more offensive rebounds…..21 more free throw attempts.
    The Celtics shot 78% from the FT Line to LA’s 73%.

    the Celtics hit 9 more threes on 2 less attempts. IT WAS RIGGED. THE REFS MADE THE RIMS BIGGER ON BOSTON’S HALF OF THE COURT!

    Go to sleep.

  • Conor

    *searches “2006 Finals fixed*

    *2.1 million results*


    Personal biases are evident from officials. They’re human beings who are capable of expressing apathy and contempt for the players whom they officiate.


    You read like an N.B.A. P.R. rep!

    Sporadic blights of competitive corruption linger throughout the N.B.A. like a virus. It’s no different from a rampant, unregulated bank. Consumers relish and demand the product even while its boils fester openly. Why? Because there are always those who are content in complacency. In their inherent fixation.

    There is room for growth in the N.B.A., but one of the major obstacles hindering its expansion is the obvious, recurring instances of biased officiating.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    i stand corrected. Tim Donaghy spoke about the 2006 finals. Which is what started this whole movement. So, if you trust him, sure, that’s what happened. The NBA league office manipulated their referees to focus on things they weren’t in games 1 and 2. Hardly a “fix” but close enough for you to complain about. I apologize about 2006.

  • Conor

    Already explained the 2008 Finals.

    You must not understand the concept of “momentum” if you believe those two games’ respective outcomes were ineffectual.

    Did you not see how much more aggressive leeway Boston was afforded in 2008? Bryant and Gasol were, each of them, forced to the bench during opening quarters because they were not allowed to establish post position.



  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    lol, a highlight tape made by a Lakers fan is your proof?
    Logically, explain what purpose the NBA has to fix things against their most profitable franchise?
    go ahead, start where it matters. not some biased kid who was angry and made a highlight tape. that doesn’t prove sh*t other than the refs made some questionable mistakes. you could make a highlight tape going the other way if you wanted.

  • Conor

    It encompasses the majority of Game II’s “questionable mistakes”.

    No, you couldn’t. Because LA didn’t resort to those tactics.

    The League had their Boston-LA rivalry rekindled. The only debate was regarding which storyline would be more marketable: Bryant’s redemption or Boston’s three veterans uniting to finally win a ring. They elected the latter. There is a difference between erring and looking directly at a player being fouled and choosing not to call a foul.

  • Conor

    There is also a difference between possessing sight and blindness. Have you seen an optometrist lately?

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    IT’S THE FINALS. you aren’t marketing the finals. there is nothing after them. people watch regardless of who is winning. especially Boston vs LA. That theory holds absolutely no water.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    you are an idiot. keep watching videos from your boy Bryant93427 and buying into what you are fed from other Lakers fans. that sh*t is serving you really well. you know, since you have such an insightful and intelligent opinion on basketball related stuff so often.
    The NBA fixed the finals against their best team, because the finals need marketability…..cuz the league is starving for money. and risking a scandal for a few thousand more viewers is totally worth it.
    seriously, this is moronic. to believe the NBA is rigged against it’s flagship franchise is patently stupid. You are getting dumber by the comment.

  • Conor


  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    here Conor, let’s make this simple so even you and your big giant brain can grasp the concept.
    Which NBA finals over the last 10 years holds the highest TV rating?

    Which NBA finals over the last 10 years holds the 2nd highest TV rating?

  • Conor

    You ridicule my supplication of actual video evidence of officials refusing to perform their jobs and then say that I’m in denial?

    The commissioner f*cking vetoed a trade specifically to prevent them from winning only two seasons ago. You may need a neurologist as well as an optometrist ’cause your memory seems weakened as well, hoss.

  • Conor

    So, your marketing philosophy is: milk one cow?

    Jesus, even E.M.I. needed more acts than The Beatles.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Highest Rated Finals in the last 10 years.

    2004 NBA FInals – Detroit Pistons over LA Lakers 4-1 (11.5 Nielsen Rating)

    Second Highest Rated NBA Finals in the last 10 years

    2010 NBA Finals – LA Lakers over Boston Celtics 4-3 (10.6 Nielsen Rating)

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    “The commissioner f*cking vetoed a trade specifically to prevent them from winning only two seasons ago. ”

    - the Commissioner was acting on behalf of the league. It was shady only because he gave his GM in New Orleans full authority to make deals. And then, vetoed the trade later. As every owner has a right to do. (And considering most of the league owners were against the deal, and they were technically the owners of the Hornets at the time, it actually made little sense to think Stern had the right to tell Dell Demps he could do whatever he wanted). In essence, again, you don’t know what you are talking about. The owners always have a right to veto a trade. As the owners of the Hornets, the league had the right to veto that trade. And they exercised it. It wasn’t a “fix” – it was legal, normal, and only shady because of what was said (that shouldn’t have been) in the first place.
    Which i am totally against. And think the trade being vetoed was total bullsh*t. But it had nothing to do with keeping LA from winning. That’s like blaming Santa Clause because you didn’t get the gift you wanted for Christmas. (it’s what we let the kids believe, it’s not a reflection of reality).

  • formless

    the knicks can tank this season

    the knicks can trade all players except tyson chandler and jr smith away and acquire 1-4 in this draft and some 2nd round picks

    look at this lineup

    Dante Exum, Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker, Julis Randle, Tyson Chandler

    bench Jr smith, lebryan nash, iasiah austin

    that squad could push for 50 wins season

  • Sergio

    I dont think the 2008 finals were robbed. But game 2, oh boy, that was a huge act of thievery…

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    I’m not saying the refs were even good. But it sure wasn’t fixed. And Boston was wayyyy more aggressive. Which a lot of times influences how the ref’s call the game. Which can be said of the 2006 finals as well. Dallas tried to win just by shooting jumpers. And they stayed double teaming Shaq and leaving Wade on an island. But let’s focus on the refs…..

  • pposse

    just curious how you judge best team before the playoffs happen? Do you go by regular season record?

  • Thousand

    I created an account just to downvote this

  • Steven310

    “only you think 2006 was fixed.”

    You must live in a bubble because that statement is 100% FALSE. All you have to do is talk with a dozen sports fans from different backgrounds and realize that many people believe the 2006 Finals was in fact rigged. I am one of those people and I have never cared for Miami nor Dallas but the eyes don`t lie. I watched the series and something was rotten in Denmark. And being more aggressive than the other team cannot and does not “solely” justify the gradually, growing disparities in free throw attempts from Game 3 to Game 6.

    Dallas was by far the better team, was in complete control of the series leading 2-0, and the officials flipped the series in favor of Miami by gifting Wade almost 100 free throw attempts in 6 games.

    Miami were assisted by the officials in the 2006 finals leading to a 4-2 series win. This is a fact.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    No. This is your opinion. And many others. As I admitted to being wrong below.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    nah, too much goes into a regular season to focus on record. a lot of the time the best team is not the best team in the regular season. so i just go by who is the best in my point of view.

  • http://www.offthebackboard.wordpress.com/ Off The Backboard

    Think you mean 2002 WCF….the 2002 Finals were as lopsided as they should have been.

  • Conor

    The Western Conference playoffs between 2000-2003 were the true finals.

  • DaOneSolar

    We all know Micheal Ray Richardson got suspended by the NBA due to his CokeHabit….he Was on that Team,Leading Scorer….no pun intended

  • http://www.offthebackboard.wordpress.com/ Off The Backboard

    You make a good point. If the league was really honestly invested in fixing games, a SAS/Pistons Finals would not have happened, ditto for the Nets making the Finals in 2002 instead of the Celtics. So the league fixing matches is out of the question. 2006 was just a weird anomaly in terms of refereeing – not sure what happened there.

    I think fans are misdirecting the anger they feel at referees towards league execs. Referees can control/swing games and series’ with the calls that they make; sometimes, the calls they make are indeed so bad that most people are collectively befuddled.

    But I would just chalk it up to human error rather than a “fix”. These guys are professionals, but they are also prone to making judgements based on emotions they feel (from the fans, from players, etc.). Joey Crawford is a prime example of making boneheaded decisions based on emotion and nothing else.

    However, it should be noted that some referees may still have a gambling interest vested in game outcomes – there is no way of proving that without a widespread investigation. But in the grander scheme, I think Tim D. was indeed a rogue ref.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    very well said man. very very well.

  • Ugh

    Dude, 1 in 10 people think the moon landing was faked and one in four people believe there are aliens living in Roswell. Some of those people overlap.

  • Ugh

    What I don’t get is why you keep watching something you know for a fact is rigged, and obviously the rigging infuriates you because otherwise you wouldn’t be here complaining about it.

    This kind of indicates a level of unhealthy obsession. Maybe see a therapist or something?