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(ESPN)   NBA Commissioner Adam Silver: "Tanking does not exist, it's called rebuilding"   ( divider line
    More: Unlikely, Commissioner of the NBA, Adam Silver, NBA, USA Basketball, Evan Turner, Jabari Parker, Spencer Hawes, Kevin Garnett  
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350 clicks; posted to Sports » on 13 Mar 2014 at 8:26 AM (3 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2014-03-13 06:54:45 PM  
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dletter: Here is how you can somewhat get rid of "tanking" (if you believe that you can only tank closer to the end of the season) in the NBA:

The non-playoff teams are still the one's involved in the lottery, but their draft ball status is based on only their record after the first half of the season.

Now, one might say that, well, a team will just tank the entire way, instead of just dipping low at the end of the season..... maybe so, but, that will be much more noticeable then anyway.

Interesting, but you want to get rid of tanking?

Flip the percentages!

Make the teams that just missed the playoffs have the highest chance of drafting #1.

You reward smart, good teams (and fan bases) who just missed the playoffs by playing hard all year, and may be one or two pieces away from being a contender.  That will eliminate tanking, cap floor teams, and poisoning your fan base.

It's the next best thing of just missing out the playoffs by a game or so.  The fan base stays energized, and you are no longer selling hope, you are selling fresh talent to push you over the hump, that one missing piece.

Teams will have a reason to actually field a team that could beat a random D-League squad, fans will actually root for your team to win instead of rooting for your team to lose (which is happening all around the league right now).
2014-03-13 09:49:07 AM  
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Someone needs to photoshop Silver into this:

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