Adam Silver will re-haul the NBA lottery system in the offseason.
Speaking of tanking, the brilliant new general managers of the league’s flounders have found a way to game the system and accumulate draft picks. They just have to send out the practical jokes they call teams out onto the court.
Perhaps the biggest issue facing new commissioner Adam Silver when he stepped into his office, other than secretly (or not-so-secretly) racist team owners, was solving the issue of competition.
The NBA had turned into an oligarchy, with a handful of teams in perpetual “win-now” mode, another group in “win tomorrow” mode and the rest stuck in the limbo of late lottery picks and first-round exits. Only sometimes a team can change positions when they acquire a seminal talent.
A proposal won’t happen until the offseason, but Silver will address this issue before the next season begins. Currently he is working on easing player schedules, which will preserve their futures as basketball players and as people.
But once that is undoubtedly solved, he will move to tanking issues.
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