I wrote yesterday on Sports 2000 about the Charlotte Bobcats’ historically futile season. The Bobcats finished their National Basketball Association season with a 7-59 record. Their .106 winning percentage is the worst ever for an NBA team.
I’ve heard a lot about “tanking,” whereby teams hopelessly out of playoff contention give less than maximum effort or field less than their best possible lineups in order to lose more games and improve their draft positions.
The theory goes that there’s no sense getting stuck in the middle. Not good enough to win a championship. Not good enough to attract players who will play for less money in order to chase a title. Not bad enough to draft the blue-chip players required to become significantly better.
I understand the thought that if this year’s championship cannot be won, the goal should immediately become to win next year’s crown. If that means losing some extra games to bolster future rosters, so be it. I wouldn’t want to buy tickets to watch teams engaged in such behavior though. I’ll post tomorrow about what I’d do to counteract tanking.
The two Florida-based NBA teams, Orlando and Miami, qualified for the playoffs. Both squads won their opening games Saturday. One of the 16 teams in the postseason tournament will win 16 games over four best-of-seven rounds to claim the championship.
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