SLO Rundown: NBA conspiracy theorists up in arms after draft lottery


▪ Dikembe Mutombo sent NBA conspiracy theorists into overdrive with a tweet two hours before the NBA Draft Lottery. The former shot-blocking great tweeted out his congratulations to his former team, the Philadelphia 76ers, for “ grabbing the #1 spot.”

Mutumbo hurriedly deleted the tweet and followed it with another, saying he was just excited for the draft and had tweeted too soon.

The 76ers did end up winning the No. 1 pick, just a Mutombo said. Now, the 76ers did have a 25-percent probability (26.9 percent due to a trade with the Kings that switches picks with the 76ers if the King’s pick is higher) of winning the pick, but even that isn’t doesn’t seem enough to warrant the tweet.

Conspiracy? We may never know.

▪ The Binghampton Mets are changing their name. The Double-A team is re branding for next season, dropping “Mets” as their nickname. There are six finalists for the new name: Bullheads, Gobblers, Rocking Horses, Rumble Ponies, Stud Muffins and Timber Jockeys. In our eyes, Stud Muffins should be the clear winner.

▪ Lebron James and the Cavaliers made quick work of the Raptors in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals, dominance exemplified by this dunk by James.

▪ Tribune reporter Travis Gibson caught up with former Atascadero basketball star Robbie Berwick, who is transferring to Colorado State.

▪ The Steph Curry effect is sweeping the nation, leading everyone from NBA point guards to kids in the backyard trying to emulate the two-time MVP. The key word is try, because no one can do Curry quite like Curry can.

However, that hasn’t dissuaded people from trying. Take this teenager for example, whose attempt comes off as more Nick Young than Curry (If you think those names don’t belong in the same sentence, you’re right).