NBA tanking has long been a complicated subject.
On one side, it provides lowly, low-market teams a chance to become good again (by drafting superstars). On the other side, watching abysmal basketball is never a good thing for the fans, and just seems down-right wrong.
Still, there’s no denying its existence in the NBA at this point. And, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, one team owner even scolded his coaches for earning a win against a good team on the road.
“There were teams literally signing G League players, intentionally bringing up guys they knew could not play in the NBA because they were determined to lose games,” Wojnarowski said. “I never heard more talk from front office executives—frustration with coaches who were winning games they didn’t want them to win. And owners, I know of an instance of an owner berating—really berating—his coach here in the last several weeks of the season for going in and beating a pretty good team on the road and going, ‘What are you doing?’”
No doubt, tanking is extremely prevelant in the lague today.
Whather or not its good for the league is still up for debate… but the owners likely don’t care anyway.