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Speedracer

Tank you very much

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https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/no-longer-sports-dirty-little-secret-tanking-is-on-full-display-and-impossible-to-contain/2018/03/02/9b436f0a-1d96-11e8-b2d9-08e748f892c0_story.html?utm_term=.4f5081883559&wpisrc=nl_rainbow&wpmm=1

Last weekend was a typical one for the teams near the bottom of the NBA standings as the season approached its three-quarters pole. Over the course of 48 hours Feb. 23 and 24, seven woeful teams holding first-round draft picks and jockeying for position to claim one of the coveted first few slots played a total of 10 games — and lost them all by an average of nearly 15 points.

If it wasn’t clear already — and to people paying attention, it certainly was — “tanking” season had arrived in the NBA. The race to the bottom — the contestants being the Dallas Mavericks, Sacramento Kings, Orlando Magic, Phoenix Suns, Memphis Grizzlies, Chicago Bulls and Atlanta Hawks, seven bottom-feeders all bunched within two games of each other — was on. (An eighth team, the Brooklyn Nets, is also in contention for the league’s worst record but has no incentive to lose after trading this year’s first-round pick.)

A few days later, it was revealed that NBA Commissioner Adam Silver had sent a memo to all 30 teams the week before, warning he was prepared to bring down the “swiftest and harshest response possible” on teams caught purposely trying to lose games.

Silver’s memo was triggered at least in part by recent comments made by Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, who was fined $600,000 after admitting he told some of his players, “Look, losing is our best option.”

But the NBA is not alone. To varying degrees, the NHL and Major League Baseball — and to a lesser extent the NFL — also are dealing with controversies involving the practice known as tanking, loosely defined as the systematic writing-off of entire seasons by franchises hoping to rebuild for future success through the draft.

 

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St. Louis Blues fans are practically begging their team to adopt this tactic.  What they don't realize is that their team is a couple of months ahead of them.  :Blues:  Flush.gif

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1 hour ago, Speedracer said:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/no-longer-sports-dirty-little-secret-tanking-is-on-full-display-and-impossible-to-contain/2018/03/02/9b436f0a-1d96-11e8-b2d9-08e748f892c0_story.html?utm_term=.4f5081883559&wpisrc=nl_rainbow&wpmm=1

Last weekend was a typical one for the teams near the bottom of the NBA standings as the season approached its three-quarters pole. Over the course of 48 hours Feb. 23 and 24, seven woeful teams holding first-round draft picks and jockeying for position to claim one of the coveted first few slots played a total of 10 games — and lost them all by an average of nearly 15 points.

If it wasn’t clear already — and to people paying attention, it certainly was — “tanking” season had arrived in the NBA. The race to the bottom — the contestants being the Dallas Mavericks, Sacramento Kings, Orlando Magic, Phoenix Suns, Memphis Grizzlies, Chicago Bulls and Atlanta Hawks, seven bottom-feeders all bunched within two games of each other — was on. (An eighth team, the Brooklyn Nets, is also in contention for the league’s worst record but has no incentive to lose after trading this year’s first-round pick.)

A few days later, it was revealed that NBA Commissioner Adam Silver had sent a memo to all 30 teams the week before, warning he was prepared to bring down the “swiftest and harshest response possible” on teams caught purposely trying to lose games.

Silver’s memo was triggered at least in part by recent comments made by Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, who was fined $600,000 after admitting he told some of his players, “Look, losing is our best option.”

But the NBA is not alone. To varying degrees, the NHL and Major League Baseball — and to a lesser extent the NFL — also are dealing with controversies involving the practice known as tanking, loosely defined as the systematic writing-off of entire seasons by franchises hoping to rebuild for future success through the draft.

 

Read more at the above link.

Can't really blame them when all the great players are able to go to the same few teams every year in the league.  It's the only way they can get good players on their teams.  The NBA has just become a joke.  They need a major overhaul before it's a competitive league.  The regular season is always a joke especially toward the end of the season and the playoffs are a joke until about the finals.

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2 hours ago, Speedracer said:

The Nordiques were accused of this when they got Lindros, Sundin, and Nolan.

Got them where they are today ... in Denver ...  :huh:

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