With the 2014 NBA Draft being hyped as one of the best we have seen in years, several teams in the NBA have been accused of “tanking,” which doesn’t necessarily mean a team is trying to lose, but rather, that they don’t particularly care about winning.
NBA commissioner Adam Silver recently told reporters he did not believe tanking is existed.
Dallas Mavericks’ owner Mark Cuban, perhaps the most outspoken person associated with the NBA, was asked about Silver’s comments when he appeared The Doug Gottlieb Show Monday (as transcribed by Matt Moore of CBS Sports).
On Adam Silver denying tanking exists in the NBA:
“No one thinks it doesn’t exist, it’s just a question of whether or not it’s effective. And when so many teams tank in one conference, it’s not effective.”
Cuban went on to explain that in the Eastern Conference, tanking actually becomes difficult on account of there being so many teams all trying to tank at once. With so many teams planning on tanking from the beginning, plus teams who weren’t trying to winding up there (Milwaukee), it creates a competitive tanking environment, basically.
Cuban is obviously talking about the Eastern Conference where only six teams have winning records and where the four worst teams in the league record-wise, reside.