NBA General Manager Admits To Tanking Season? [Update]
What do you do if you are the General Manager of your favorite sports team, it’s the beginning of the season, and you already know there’s no chance in winning?
Well, one GM for an unknown NBA team shared his strategy when put in that kind of situation after knowing his team isn’t exactly primed for the success this coming season.
“Our team isn’t good enough to win and we know it. So this season we want to develop and evaluate our young players, let them learn from their mistakes — and get us in position to grab a great player. The best way for us to do that is to lose a lot of games.”
He continued by admitting the need for a superstar on your team in this age of the NBA,
“You need superstars to compete in this league, and the playing field for those guys is tilted toward a few big-market teams. They are demanding trades and getting together and deciding where they want to go in free agency. It’s tough for us to compete with that. So a high lottery pick is all we have.”
“We obviously traded away some of our veteran guys who gave us a better chance of winning right now for future draft picks and young players. … In a different season, it might not make sense, but this draft certainly makes it more appealing.”
Try to pick and choose what team this could be, but it must be a tough feeling knowing you can’t win when you haven’t even played a game yet. With the structure in place with all the marketing opportunities in big markets, does the NBA have to find another way to create better competitive balance in the league?
[UPDATE] ESPN is reporting that recently hired General Manager Gersson Rosas was fired by the team for undisclosed reasons today. He was hired in JUly from the Houston Rockets. Could he have been the person to create this interview?
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Shouts to Bleacher Report.