It’s management that stocks its team’s won-loss ledger with Ls. It does so by failing to sign star free agents and trading players such as
Anybody who blames Boston's Kelly Olynyk or Philadelphia's James Anderson for their teams being terrible is missing the point.
"The coaches and players, or some subset of that group, trying to lose, I don't think that's going on anywhere in the NBA," Silver said. "And I would take action immediately if I thought it was."
Silver did seem to acknowledge the widely held belief that there's nothing worse than being mediocre in the NBA because it leaves teams with little chance of quickly improving through the draft.
"We have a system in place that encourages teams to rebuild," Silver said. "They are responding to the incentives that are built into the system. If the incentives aren't right, then we have to change them."
That would likely entail changing a draft lottery system that usually rewards teams with the worst records. Until then, some front offices will undoubtedly continue to put their teams in the best possible position to fail.