Jeff McDonald: Josh Richardson, answering my stupid question: “Come on, man. It’s a no-brainer. Nobody wants to lose on purpose. Tanking and all that, it’s a fan thing. Maybe some front offices want to do that, but from the first day I stepped in here, I knew that wasn’t the case.”
Paul Garcia: “You can’t go to your team and ask them to lose.” – Coach Pop when asked about how to approach a situation where a high lottery pick is close. He says he understands some fans may want the high pick, but as a coach, you can’t go into a locker room and tell a team to lose.
Sean Highkin: Chauncey Billups on fans who would rather see the Blazers lose: “I would say just appreciate what we’re doing. As a coach, it’s really important for me to continue to get better. … For fans who want to see us lose, I guess just turn the TV off when it gets close.”
Sean Highkin: Terry Stotts on tanking games for seeding and matchups: “My general feeling is, don’t F with the game. Karma can be a bitch and you have to be careful what you wish for.” (He insists when pressed by @Dwight Jaynes that they weren’t doing this vs. Sac in 2019 🤔)
Fred Katz: Scott Brooks says he loves the play-in tournament. Says he thinks it’s made the league more competitive and has helped with tanking: “Even if we weren’t in this position and we were at the fifth or sixth spot, I think you should try to make it as competitive as you can.”