Pat Riley is thinking outside the box – way outside the box – when it comes to tanking. Riley recently was asked about seeding teams 1 through 16, regardless of conference, for the postseason, an idea that has been floated because the number of stacked teams in the West has caused an imbalance between the two conferences. “One through 16, whatever they want do to with that, yes,” he said. “It’s workable.”
Riley’s proposal: A four-day postseason tournament in which 14 lottery teams participate to determine the draft order. The deeper a team goes the higher the pick and the team that wins the tournament gets the first pick. He is calling it a “lottery playoff.”
“Resting players at the end of the year, for the right reasons, if you’re a playoff team and you know you made the playoffs, and you’re going to rest your guys, I understand that. I get that,” he said. “But if you’re a lottery (team) and you’re going to be resting players, we all know what that’s about,” he said. “I’ve done it. We’ve all tried to do it to get the best position that we can get from that standpoint. So you just want to make it as competitive as you can.”
Mavericks owner Mark Cuban says Dallas looked to lose as much as it could once the team was out of postseason contention this season. “Once we were eliminated from the playoffs, we did everything possible to lose games,” Cuban said on “The Dan Patrick Show” on Wednesday.