Michael Carter-Williams Completely Misunderstands ‘Tanking’ In Players’ Tribune Article
November 13 / Jake O'Donnell / SportsGrid
At no point has anyone with half a brain and access to the internet honestly inferred that players are the ones doing the tanking in the NBA. That's ridiculous. Why would they? Players are A) Obviously competitive by nature and, B) Practically speaking, held individually accountable for their on-court performance. Their stats dictate their paychecks when everything is said and done -- so why would anyone assume they'd purposely sabotage those numbers for the greater good of a franchise?
When people talk about "tanking," they're referring to a general manager who handicaps his coach with a roster of limited talent so as to ensure the highest likelihood of secure a top three pick. That's how some GMs save their own asses.
Unfortunately, Michael Carter-Williams just slammed the media for bothering him last season about tanking, as if anyone has ever insinuated that the players on the 2013-14 Philadelphia 76ers purposely played poorly in order to help the team achieve a bad record.
Enjoyed it, yes. Reveled in their futility, of course. But suggested the players wanted to be bad? Nope.
[The Players' Tribune] The media spin was that we were tanking the season so we could get the number one draft pick. Now, let’s break that down for a minute.
First of all, there’s a lottery system. As players, we all know the math. The last place team only has a 25 percent chance of winning the lottery. Grown men are going to go out and purposely mail it in for a one-in-four shot at drafting somebody who might someday take their job? Nope.
And then there’s the hype surrounding the No. 1 pick. Even before the season started, TankingForWiggins.com was a real thing. Once the narrative picks up, it’s over. We wished we could come out and say how ridiculous it was for people to think the players were tanking when there were guys on the team playing for their livelihood, but that only would’ve made it worse.
...You can question my shooting. You can question my ceiling. Just don’t question if I’m giving my all every single night. Don’t talk to me about tanking.
To our knowledge, no one has ever questioned players' motives in conjunction with tanking. Sure, some guys might not pass as much or box out or dive for loose balls -- but no one's losing games on purpose. That's Serie A stuff. It is simply not in an NBA player's interest to aide in tanking by any fathomable estimation whatsoever -- especially when they're all either on their rookie contracts or struggling to stay in the league, as the Sixers were last year.
Pick your battles, dude. Going after a faux media boogieman comes off as immature, which may help explain why the current iteration of your team has yet to win a game seven games into this season.
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