So much for conspiracies!
-That is, unless you're talking about the vast pro-Milwaukee and Portland conspiracies. Looks like all our expectations about how the Lakers and/or the Knicks, with a little help from the league, would jump to the #1 position in the NBA draft was a bit misguided. David Stern seems to have a bug up his ass recently concerning all the talk of league collusion. First he comes down hard on Jeff Van Gundy for suggesting the refs conspire against Yao Ming and then the draft goes off without any large-market winners.
This is similar to the way Bud Selig suddenly (with the US government in his corner) can't tolerate any steroid use now that everyone is talking about it. I love how these problems simply "don't exist" until someone in the media addresses the issue.