May 15, 2013; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Memphis Grizzlies head coach Lionel Hollins (right) congratulates Oklahoma City Thunder small forward Kevin Durant (35) after game five of the second round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at Chesapeake Energy Arena. The Grizzlies defeated the Thunder 88-84. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Oklahoma City Thunder F Kevin Durant explains how to deal with tanking


It is going to be a tough season to be associated with the Philadelphia 76ers, whether it is as a fan or a player.

In the offseason, the 76ers declined to attempt to keep center Andrew Bynum, traded all star point guard Jrue Holiday and decided to build around a couple of rookies – Kentucky Wildcats center Nerlens Noel and Syracuse Orange point guard Michael Carter-Williams.

In other words, the 76ers are tanking.

Although the Oklahoma City Thunder are and likely will be an NBA title contender for some time, all star forward Kevin Durant knows a thing or to about tanking.

“Every game it was tough knowing that it was going to be hard for us to win,” Durant told Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer. “But what we did was come in and work hard every day, and know that it was going to be a process and maybe a tough year.”

When Durant got to Seattle, future Hall-of-Famer Ray Allen and Glen “Big Baby” Davis were traded to Boston. All star forward Rashard Lewis signed with the Orlando Magic as a free agent.

Things clearly worked out. They drafted all star point guard Russell Westbrook the next year and all star guard James Harden the next.

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