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#21 Adam Wolff

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Posted 15 June 2012 - 03:53 PM

Sometimes people forget that each player and coach is not the GM. If you're a player or coach, every minute of a game is part of your resume. Players aren't going to tank in hopes that some great young player will come in next year and save their team.

If anything, players might lose interest and not play as hard purely because the games don't really matter as much. I certainly wouldn't call that tanking though.

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#22 Pedro Cerrano

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Posted 15 June 2012 - 05:44 PM

Sometimes people forget that each player and coach is not the GM. If you're a player or coach, every minute of a game is part of your resume. Players aren't going to tank in hopes that some great young player will come in next year and save their team.

If anything, players might lose interest and not play as hard purely because the games don't really matter as much. I certainly wouldn't call that tanking though.


The big fear with tanking is when star players sit out due to "odd" injuries. The GM has total control over that; he's the coach's boss -- he tells the coach to bench said player, said player gets benched.

That said, I don't believe the lottery is rigged or anything like that, but I do believe that teams tank.

There is baseball, and occasionally there are other things of note

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Posted 16 June 2012 - 08:16 AM

Amusingly enough, Rome didn't seem to react much to the"do you still beat your wife" quip, especially when you see how self-righteous he got when Stern said Rome had made a career off of cheap thrills. I don't think Stern was necessarily out of line with the "beat your wife" comment. There's never been anything in the news about Rome beating his wife, so it works quite well as an example of how Stern felt about the NBA fix question. That said, the questions themselves aren't really comparable. Saying "no, the NBA lottery isn't fix" doesn't affirm that it has been fixed in the past, and it is Rome's job to ask that question when so many people are wondering about it.

I used to listen to Rome a lot; he was on the only station I could get decent reception on in a shop I worked in. I don't really like his solo ranting, but I do like his interviews.

I think that to a point, some of the commissioners have an inferiority complex about their organizations where they seem to do or say things that will keep them in the news as an individual. It's almost like MLB umpires showboating and making it about themselves. When you have these guys making significantly less money than the players they have authority over, I think it does a job to some of their egos. Of course, I'm just playing armchair psychologist so I could be way off.

#24 SammyBirdland

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Posted 16 June 2012 - 09:57 AM

"Have you stopped beating your wife?" is the cliche example of a loaded question. David Stern got defensive and (incorrectly) accused Rome of asking him a loaded question, a question with no right answer. It was an uncomfortable question, but it wasn't a loaded question.

If Rome would have said "Is the lottery still rigged?", then Stern would have had a valid argument.

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Posted 19 June 2012 - 10:54 AM

The big fear with tanking is when star players sit out due to "odd" injuries. The GM has total control over that; he's the coach's boss -- he tells the coach to bench said player, said player gets benched.

That said, I don't believe the lottery is rigged or anything like that, but I do believe that teams tank.

If you don't mind could you give a specific example, preferably this year of a team tanking as you described with the "odd" injuries?

I agree with you if the tanking were to occur it would come from upper management, but I'm not quite sure why the coach who likely wouldn't have job the following year would go along with it.
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Posted 19 June 2012 - 10:57 AM

If you don't mind could you give a specific example, preferably this year of a team tanking as you described with the "odd" injuries?

I agree with you if the tanking were to occur it would come from upper management, but I'm not quite sure why the coach who likely wouldn't have job the following year would go along with it.


I'm not gonna go through game logs of the bottom feeder teams this year and show where they tanked. I can tell you, as a Wizards fan, several players missed games due to odd injuries, or at least injuries that could have been played through.

A popular example, once cited a lot, is the 1984 Houston Rockets.

http://reclinergm.wo... ... -olajuwon/

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"Making his own olive brine is peak Mackus."

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Posted 19 June 2012 - 11:00 AM

I'm not gonna go through game logs of the bottom feeder teams this year and show where they tanked. I can tell you, as a Wizards fan, several players missed games due to odd injuries, or at least injuries that could have been played through.

A popular example, once cited a lot, is the 1984 Houston Rockets.

http://reclinergm.wo... ... -olajuwon/

The "strategy" didn't quite for the Wizards unless they were satsified with 3rd place when they should've gotten second. Were the orders from Grunfeld or Leonsis?
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Posted 19 June 2012 - 11:03 AM

The "strategy" didn't quite for the Wizards unless they were satsified with 3rd place when they should've gotten second. Were the orders from Grunfeld or Leonsis?


Look, I don't know who gave orders, or if any orders were given. And, yes, the lottery screwed them, which it is kind of designed to do, but do you actually think the Wizards would rather have had worse odds (if they had finished 3rd)?

The Wizards played well down the stretch even though a few guys were out with planter fasciitis (sp?)...Nene missed a ton of games, Rashard Lewis missed games, Booker missed games. The severity of these injuries were very questionable.

There is baseball, and occasionally there are other things of note

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Posted 19 June 2012 - 11:38 AM

Look, I don't know who gave orders, or if any orders were given. And, yes, the lottery screwed them, which it is kind of designed to do, but do you actually think the Wizards would rather have had worse odds (if they had finished 3rd)?

The Wizards played well down the stretch even though a few guys were out with planter fasciitis (sp?)...Nene missed a ton of games, Rashard Lewis missed games, Booker missed games. The severity of these injuries were very questionable.

No I don't think they'd rather worse odds, just pointing out the irony of your allegations. I don't think they purposely tanked, they just sucked.
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Posted 19 June 2012 - 01:05 PM

Regardless of if the draft is fixed or not, the worst team in the NBA hasn't had the #1 overall pick in 2004 -- 8 years ago.

That, in and of itself, is wrong and needs to be changed.
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