DATE: 6/18/1985
COMPLEX SAYS: In the first-ever NBA Draft Lottery, the league implemented the envelope drawing system where all non-playoff teams from the previous season had an envelope in a drum which the commissioner would pick from. The first envelope selected would receive the first selection in the draft. Skeptics say that from the 45- to 50-second mark of this video, David Stern sought out the bent corner of Knicks envelope in order to assure New York (the team with the biggest market) the No. 1 pick. The Knicks would later use that pick on Hall of Famer Patrick Ewing. No tough talking from Stern here, real Gs move in silence...