Adam Silver held his first public press conference since taking over as the NBA’s new commissioner on Saturday, and the theme of what he hopes to accomplish during his tenure can be described using just two words: transparency and innovation.
On of the issues that is widely discussed among fans is the need for teams to bottom out in order to have a better chance at acquiring a high draft pick via the lottery system that’s currently in place. Tanking would imply that in order to do this, teams must find a way to lose essentially on purpose, or at minimum, more than perhaps their roster construction would seem to allow.
Silver seemed adamant in stating his belief, however, that teams simply don’t lose on purpose — despite the public perception.
“My understanding of tanking would be losing games on purpose,” Silver said. “And there’s absolutely no evidence that any team in the NBA has ever lost a single game, or certainly in any time that I’ve been in the league, on purpose. And, to me, what you’re referring to I think is rebuilding. And I’m not sure it’s just a function of the collective bargaining agreement; I think there’s a balance with any team of the need to look out to the future and at the same time put a competitive product on the floor.” Pro Basketball Talk
I would like to propose to Adam Silver that we discuss the matter of tanking with the work of Jacques Derrida in mind. An application of deconstruction is not necessary to come to the understanding that we are saying the same thing but it certainly wouldn’t hurt. – AL