Tanking Rumors

Daryl Morey on tanking as an NBA-wide problem: “Teams have to go through cycles … What you want to have though is that when a team is in its rebuilding cycle, which every team goes through – we went through it after Yao Ming and Tracy McGrady – you don’t want them to sit around the table and be dreaming of ways [to get worse]. … ‘It’s not good enough to only win 25 games, to actually get the best odds, we have to win 15 games.’ It’s just bad for the league that a team in a rebuilding cycle has to think about ‘Maybe I won’t sign a free agent because, oh my goodness, that might win us a few extra games.’ … When you’re down in that rebuilding trough, you shouldn’t have to dream up more ways to be even s–ttier so that you can get the odds at a top player.”
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.”
“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.”