Miami? Even at its lowest point, the Heat never considered scuttling the season. “That’s just not our style,” Spoelstra told The Vertical. “Look, I’m not naïve. I know that if it didn’t get better, [team president] Pat [Riley] might have had to do his job in a different way. I’m very aware of that. But there was never a discussion about not playing this guy, or games are not meaningful. That’s just not us.”
Former Kings/Nuggets/Bucks/Sonics/Warriors/Cavaliers coach George Karl in “Furious George: My Forty Years Surviving NBA Divas, Clueless GMs, and Poor Shot Selection:” “Don’t believe it when teams say they don’t lose on purpose to improve their draft position. It happens every year. I know of a Western Conference owner who called his coach during games to remind him to keep an end-of-season losing streak alive.” Bryan Colangelo admitted to tanking while Raptors general manager. The owner Karl mentions was clearly tanking.
“When six teams are racing to the bottom, you don’t want to race for the bottom,” Cuban said. “When teams aren’t racing to the bottom, which is more like this year, then you play your heart out and you win as many games as you can. Your young guys learn how to play to win, and you’re still going to have a chance at a good pick if things don’t work for you.”