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The new commish is lying right to our faces

Chuck - Red's Army March 13, 2014 Around the NBA 23 Comments

silverDuring a recent visit to Boston, new NBA commissioner Adam Silver was asked about the perception that certain teams are tanking to improve their chances in the draft lottery:

“The coaches and players, or some subset of that group, trying to lose, I don’t think that’s going on anywhere in the NBA,” he told reporters after a speech to the Chief Executives’ Club of Boston at a downtown hotel. “And I would take action immediately if I thought it was.”

Silver didn’t rule out changes that would eliminate the perception that teams aren’t trying to win.

“We have a system in place that encourages teams to rebuild,” he said after the talk sponsored by Boston College in the hometown of the Celtics, who are among the league’s rebuilding teams. “They are responding to the incentives that are built into the system. If the incentives aren’t right, we have to change them.”

Silver doesn’t need to “take action” because his predecessor handled that by instituting the lottery in 1985. Teams were going in the toilet so they could have a better shot of drafting franchise cornerstone players such as Hakeem Olajuwon and Patrick Ewing. David Stern declared the lottery necessary to preserve the “competitive integrity” of the league.

Fast forward 19 29 years and suddenly there are no concerns about competitive integrity? If that is true, why doesn’t Silver abolish the draft lottery?

Cut the bullshit, Silver. When asked about tanking, simply state the league has measures in place to handle it.

I don’t want another commissioner who is more concerned with image than quality of the product.

I still have a pipe dream that the NBA will one day address its awful officiating.

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  • Rich Jensen

    Silver, as someone handpicked by DS, can hardly be expected to conduct himself differently in essentials, although he may be superficially different.

    And those essentials include refusing to be open-minded about the possibility that the league, as currently constituted, is not only not perfect, but not headed in a positive direction.

    Thus, Silver can look at the Sixers, and then look you straight in the eye, and say that there’s no ‘there’ there. “Tanking is not a problem” Nothing to see here. Please ignore Philadelphia’s otherwise inexplicable moves, they surely have a logical explanation that does not involve deliberately trying to lose.

    • chuckmckenney

      He’s covering his ass with his language. By saying ‘players and coaches’ are not deliberately trying to lose. I don’t think players are missing shots on purpose. But teams are keeping players off the court and organizations are not acquiring the best players possible to win this season. That is tanking!

      • RedsLoveChild

        Yes, that is tanking….and it is aggravating as hell that the Celtics absolutely suck at tanking!

        Also, you might want to re-set your 1985 “time machine” 29 years into the future, rather than a mere 19.

        • chuckmckenney

          Oops. Damn, I’m old.

      • Rich Jensen

        You’re right–Silver did parse his words pretty carefully. Still, I expect him to be just like Stern–unwilling to even consider the possibility that his basic assumptions are flawed.

        Pete Rozelle did not like Al Davis. But when Al Davis said Monday Night Football would be a good idea, Pete listened to him. Geez, it would be refreshing to have *any* commissioner in pro sports with that kind of open-mindedness.

  • Frank Aziza

    As I was reading I thought about fixing the officiating. Why do players get fined for flopping? It’s their job to fool the ref if they can, anything to win. The ref should be fined for falling for it.

    • LA Flake

      Like I said before, the refs (and the league) are just like big government – occasionally impacting the outcome with their BS calls and always being an impediment with their overreach. The most sensible solution to reducing horrible officiating would be to reduce the number of refs assigned to each game. If the ref union balks, put two refs on the floor to make calls and one at the scoring table for fast and efficient video reviews ONLY.

      • tvor03

        I’ve never understood why video reviews take five minutes. You watch the video once, maybe twice, and you should have the call. In the Pistons/Celtics game, they went to the monitor to determine if Rondo made a 2 or a 3. He was at least two feet behind the line and it still took like three minutes and six angles for them to make a call.

        • eddysamson

          Its because they need time to determine how clearly the replay shows how wrong their (predetermined) call was so they know if they can get away with it or not.

      • Curt Hays

        This is very sensible at first glance. Maybe at the second glance, but I’m not trying that hard.

        • LA Flake

          We’re still going to get bad calls and a whole lot of no calls. Which would make the game that much more intense. And having a ref assigned to solely video review would speed up the process and won’t disrupt the flow. But knowing Stern, Silver and their ilk, it wouldn’t surprise me if they added 5 more referees to each game.

      • Frank Aziza

        True, I hate big government and refs. The people that run sports are as stupid as the people running our government.

    • GreenbirdCro

      Uh, the crazy idea that just came to me…
      Can you imagine former players becoming refs! Likes of Lambier, Rodman, Oakley, Barkley, Payton, R. Miller or similar types, lmfao X)

  • Nick Ault

    How about this…The team with the most championships gets the first pick. That should eliminate the desire to tank.

    • Curt Hays

      How about the team that finishes in the dead center of the pack? That way they’re sorta good one year, and potentially in the playoff the next year.

  • DJ Woods

    I would love nothing more than to have the NBA abolish the draft and do as the NFL and MLB where the worst record goes first and so on. NFL teams typically don’t have to rebuild as quick as NBA teams due to this. Who cares is a team tanks for a specific player, there is no guarantee they will be the one as we have seen with Oden and Olowakandi. I feel if a team is willing to tank and rebuild that they are also willing to alienate fans and lose millions in revenue until they become relevant again.

  • Elias Rappaport

    So you think the coaches and players are tanking? If so, you are stupider than a mouth breather.

  • adam

    Coaches and Players aren’t tanking. but when you have teams that have god awful mix of players (bucks) or trade away their good ones (philly wasnt a bad team 2 years ago, they went to playoffs).

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  • Mathias Decru

    I don’t care about the “tanking”, yes it might produce some horrible basketball from time to time, but it’s in human nature to exploit/bend rules to their profit and in the end, the result is the same, a bad team can try to rebuild for the future.

    The NBA’s draft system isn’t perfect, but it is far better than the crooked system of international soccer which rewards billionaires that buy a team full of superstars in the hopes of being a top team within 5 years, bending over smaller teams and leagues in the process just because..