No, the NBA has no problem with tanks

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During NBA Commish Adam Silver’s apology tour with trapped Phoenix Suns staff this weekend, he encountered another concern. In addition to apologizing to suspended team umpire Robert Sarver and decades of misconduct, Silver was also Surrounded by a flood of questions about the problem of tanks (eye cue).

This season, teams improving their position to craft the generational talent of Victor Wimpanyama are being portrayed as guilty by market franchises more sacred than you are. This position is a tradition as old as the modern project. Unsurprisingly, Silver agreed, citing the tank outbreak as a serious problem that the league had made teams aware of. Silver has also reportedly been against the idea of ​​implementing relegation as a sanction, a departure from European football’s usual protest as the former machine of the league’s troubles.

When the NBA has a problem, they look to Europe more than any other league. Need a solution for waning interest in the middle third of the season? European Cup soccer model He has the answer. You need to place an ad for a sexy guy phenomenon to fill in the blank Will he leave LeBron behind? Look at France.

If the NBA wanted to consider relegation, that ship sailed long ago. The Association mismanaged this possibility in the mid-1970s when they failed to anticipate the long-term business sense of maintaining ABA as a B university rather than rolling away the perks they had not absorbed. Instead of Pittsburgh Condors and Virginia Squires vying for promotion to the NBA, we’re stuck with Magic Felcrowing themselves to the NBA floor.

The impending tank war captured the attention of the NBA community early in the season. Silver described the “tank” as a crime against money-paying consumers. For most fans, it’s more noise than a real problem. If the Silver meeting had been held in Indiana, Oklahoma City, or Orlando, Fogazi’s concerns about tanks would not have been on their radar. While tanks are a bit obnoxious to big market teams, they certainly aren’t worth changing the entire NBA paradigm.

The NBA hierarchy always creates dogs and have-nots. Those who do not are usually the small market franchises of sites that are struggling to attract top-notch free agent talent. It’s no coincidence, we’ve never seen a small market breed. Instead, these franchises have to target the phenomena they can control during the first six to seven years of their career before free agency.

Expecting losing teams to keep bad contracts on the payroll rather than drive them away from growing economic talent makes Knicks seem reasonable. Is this really a world that NBA fans want to live in? Do you think the San Antonio Spurs regret delaying David Robinson’s recovery in the latter half of the 97 season so they can recruit Tim Duncan?

Instead of a young core that includes Jabari Smith, Tati Eason, Jalen Green, Alperen Sengun and Kevin Porter Jr. , the Houston Rockets could have dumped Harden for all-star fringe stars like DeMar DeRozan, who would have rode their tail to a 35-season. Rockets has embraced a youth movement. After six straight seasons of victories in which they struggled to breach the Western Conference Finals, Danny Inge’s Utah Jazz was ridiculed as a carrier for replacing his angry centerpieces with a select group of young talent. As of Sunday, they are 2-0.

Stars on teams competing for championships like Golden State’s Splash Brothers or Kawhi Leonard on the Clippers are more likely to rest than the best player on the team’s last five. Very few franchises that intentionally spend several years scraping the bottom of the barrel as basement dwellers like Oklahoma City, which is in the NBA’s third-smallest market, have done so for the third season in a row.

Since trading Chris Paul in 2020 and stripping their roster to their studs, the Thunder have posted a record 46-98, and with their No. 2 pick overall for the entire junior season, Thunder’s roster is basically last season’s 24-58 roster kept in Amber. But realistically, how many teams have adopted this supertank strategy over several seasons?

Orlando Magic is not going down. Jonathan Isaacs, their 6-11 winger who has been recently crunching opposing bowlers at a prolific rate, hasn’t played in two years while busy promoting his brand on Fox News. Jalen Suggs, the tough guard who believes magic will be a lifting force, made his way through the junior season, firing 36 percent from the field as a rookie and outrageously bad 21 percent of 3. Paolo Banchero, seeded 1 pick in the latest draft performance as the leader Rookie of the Year, but his exploits haven’t translated into victories – until now.

What exactly is magic supposed to do? In a perfectly fitting season, Orlando could have sold Bradley Bell on the upside and the fun of living near Disney World as a father of three. Small market teams cannot reload. It is almost necessary for them to rebuild from scratch. If the feisty 2019 Clippers or the pre-KD/Kerry Nets, who went 42-40 with Garrett Allen, and Karis Levert, hadn’t been in Brooklyn or Los Angeles, they would have been relegated long ago.

Besides, the obvious problem of not having a viable second-tier league for the teams is sending conflicting messages of relegation until it emerges from the lips of the Komish as expansion rumors swell. Overspending is more perception than reality.