FBI claim three Knicks fixed games in 1981-82

We know that the NBA had a bit of a coke problem in the last-1970s and early-1980s, but a recent story published in the New York Post sheds new light on that era.

According to the article, members of the New York Knicks fixed games during the 1981-82 season as a favor to their drug dealer who was a big-time sports bettor.

Per the article:



The drug dealer in question was known to bet around $300 per game, but in January of 1982, that figure rose to $10,000 per game and he had cashed in on six of seven wagers at that sum.

Michael Ray Richardson, who was banned by the NBA in 1986 after violating the league's drug policy three times, vehemently denies any point-shaving allegations.



The probe lasted all the way into 1986 where it was believed that the aforementioned dealer was conspiring with multiple teams.

There was no physical evidence and no confessions made and the case was closed in '86.

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Posted by mylife23
10 months ago

I'm 27 and remember reading about it just because I love basketball...big rumor about that but it was put down or disappeared as well...
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Posted by 666LES
10 months ago

Insight into mylife23's comment, NYK @ home laying 3.5, Knicks up by 5points with only seconds to play and they inbound under the opponents basket. Opponents not frantic because there are few plays to score 5points in 4-5 seconds. Walt Frazier bounce passes to Earl Monroe and Earl spins and banks in layup in opponent basket as horn sounds. Earl said that he needed to keep his average up as to why he scored meaningless basket that backdoored the -3.5. It might have been Bucks as opponent and it was 70's after Knicks had won NBA title earlier.
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Posted by mylife23
10 months ago

ya I'm sure this is the only rumor about knicks games being rigged...didn't earl floyd do something in the 70s in a game that made everyone's eyebrows raise because he scored a last second bucket which wasn't necessary...I'd like to read Tuohy's book though. May go hand in hand James Battista's response to Tim Donaghy when he wrote "Gaming the Game." Gives an insight to how prevalent gambling is in pro sports even among the higher ups
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Posted by rp-rt
10 months ago

No physical evidence an no confessions, guess it didn't happen. If sports betting was legal, they would of had evidence.
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Posted by ThrillaInMD
10 months ago

alpo + rich porter
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Posted by ThrillaInMD
10 months ago

"alpo + rich porter "

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