Nba Commissioner Silver Dismisses Tanking Claims

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NBA commissioner Adam Silver is not convinced that certain teams are deliberately losing their games to get a high pick in future drafts.

Silver told ESPN’s Andy Katz during a recent one-on-one interview that questionable decisions made by some teams are purely part of their rebuilding process.

“No player is going out there to lose,” he said.“In terms of management, I think there’s an absolute legitimate rebuilding process that goes on.
“It’s so hard to win in this league, and it’s so complex. I think what’s happened in the case of Philadelphia — their strategy has been reduced into a tweet. This notion ‘be bad to be good.’ … When it gets reduced into a headline, I understand the reaction.”

The NBA-worst Sixers (2-23) came under fire after they engaged in a three-team trade with the Houston Rockets and Minnesota Timberwolves recently. Philadelphia shipped fourth-leading scorer Alexey Shved and ended up getting the injured Ronny Turiaf.

The Sixers have made questionable moves in the past few seasons. They got Andrew Bynum from the Los Angeles Lakers but the troubled center never played a single minute with the team.

The Sixers also acquired an injured Nerlens Noel in 2013 and made Joel Embiid as the third overall pick of the 2014 draft despite being expected to miss the entire season. Late last season, the Sixers traded key players Evan Turner and Spencer Hawes and parted ways with starters Thaddeus Young and James Anderson in the offseason.


Leigh Copson
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