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Knicks pin their deflategate on former senator Bill Bradley

Bill Bradley

New York Knicks Hall-of-Famer Bill Bradley responds to questions during an interview before an NBA basketball game between the Knicks and the Milwaukee Bucks, Friday, April 5, 2013, in New York. The Knicks will honor the 1972-73 world championship team in a halftime ceremony. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)


Phil Jackson once admitted the 1970s championship Knicks deflated basketballs.

He then claimed they kept the balls within NBA limits.

But if that’s the case, why was Bill Bradley covertly deflating balls on the bench?

Marc Berman of the New York Post:

In interviews with The Post, former Knicks radio play-by-play man Marv Albert and Knicks legend Walt Frazier said Bill Bradley was the ringleader of the ball deflation.

Albert said he once saw Bradley with a pin in the huddle during a game in the early 1970s.

“Bill was so precise,’’ Albert told The Post. “One time, on the road, and I was sitting courtside, he took pin out of either his jersey or shorts on the bench and guys surrounded him so nobody could see and put it into the ball. Then he started bouncing the ball. I never mentioned it on the air.”

Frazier told The Post he didn’t care about the ball’s deflation and didn’t know why Bradley was so obsessed with it.

“That was Bradley’s job,’’ Frazier said before the Knicks hosted the Thunder on Wednesday. “He always dealt with the balls. He was also [concerned] with the rim’s height. Red Holzman would always say, “Give Bill the ball so he could check it.’ ’’

With a story like this, it’s no wonder Bradley became a U.S. senator.