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Old 04-16-2012, 07:18 PM   #1 (permalink)
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so I'm part of the minority (majority?) of those who openly support tanking, and I've been wondering how hard can it be to lose a game. After all, it's not like we're some kind of superteam or anything.

For the most part, I think BC did his job, he gutted as much of the as he could, while taking extra precautions with key players through their injuries. Therefore I blamed Casey because I figured he's one of those who believe tanking is immoral/bad for the game/the end of the world ...

So what to make of this article on espn, who suggests the previous team he coached was involved in one of the most egregious tanking jobs in recent history:

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2005-06 Minnesota Timberwolves
The most spectacular tank job in recent memory occurred on April 19, 2006, in a Minnesota-Memphis game that is still a common punch line around the league.

Earlier that month, Chicago Tribune NBA writer Sam Smith had called out the Timberwolves and the league:
The NBA should take a look at this one in the interest of the game's integrity and paying customers. Minnesota needs to have one of the top 10 poorest records to keep its draft pick. Otherwise, it goes to the Clippers from the Sam Cassell-Marko Jaric deal.

In a 103-95 loss to the Jazz at home on Friday, Garnett sat out the fourth quarter after making all of his third-quarter shots. Garnett had 13 rebounds through three quarters, and Minnesota was outrebounded 18-6 in the fourth.

It's reminiscent of the game-throwing days before the draft lottery was started.

In the final game of the season, the Wolves sat Garnett and Ricky Davis, and then turned the game against Memphis into a joke by inserting Mark Madsen and letting him fire away. In six seasons, Madsen had made only one 3-pointer in nine attempts. But in that game he tossed up seven 3-pointers and missed them all -- they were his only 3-point attempts of the season. The Wolves lost the game in double overtime (Madsen started the second overtime with three 3-point bricks in less than a minute) and secured the draft pick.

After the game, Wolves coach Dwane Casey didn’t deny that the team was less than serious about winning the game: "The guys were having fun with it. For what we've been through this season, I thought the guys deserved it. I hope what we did didn't make a mockery of the game."
When tankers tell the truth - TrueHoop Blog - ESPN

Interestingly enough, BC also features on this list in his last season as the GM in Phoenix:

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2005-06 Phoenix Suns
In 2006, the Phoenix Suns gave the Los Angeles Lakers an easy win late in the regular season to try to assure a matchup with the Lakers in the postseason, according to Jack McCallum in “Seven Seconds or Less.” McCallum was a Sports Illustrated writer who spent the 2005-06 season as an unofficial “assistant coach” for the Suns, and he provided this insight on how the coaching staff manipulated the standings:
The Suns believe that the Lakers' transition defense is close to nonexistent and will provide an open highway for the Nash-led fast break, so this was the matchup they wanted. [Suns coach Mike] D'Antoni couldn't precisely orchestrate it -- not in an eighty-two-game season -- but the coach had benched [Steve] Nash and Raja Bell for that late-season game, all but assuring a Laker win that would help them beat out the Sacramento Kings, who were in eighth place.

The Suns' scheme almost backfired, as the Lakers took a 3-1 lead in the series and nearly closed Phoenix out before the Suns famously rallied to take three straight and advance.
So both BC and Casey have a "history", in which case one can't help but ask .... wtf is happening here?
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Old 04-16-2012, 07:25 PM   #2 (permalink)
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The Hawks are a jump shooting team.
When those perimeter shots don't drop, then the Hawks don't pop.

You have to dig the return of Bargs and Demar DeRozan's better play as of late. Helps to have something decent to go into the summer with.
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Old 04-16-2012, 07:31 PM   #3 (permalink)
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ok, so why can't casey give alabi a chance to try his 3pt shooting like he did in Minesotta? If a player is playing to well, there's nothing stoppin casey to give him an "extra break" to have him fresh for the final minute of the game, now does it?
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Old 04-16-2012, 07:54 PM   #4 (permalink)
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ok, so why can't casey give alabi a chance to try his 3pt shooting like he did in Minesotta? If a player is playing to well, there's nothing stoppin casey to give him an "extra break" to have him fresh for the final minute of the game, now does it?
Maybe because he doesn't want to get fired like he did in Minnesota. He's on a short leash here, next season is his last garanteed year of his contract. This team is showing improvement as it had to under Casey. And i doubt he expected Alan Anderson to hit threes while falling back and getting fouled. He's sat JJ, and is giving D-Leaguers minutes who are now playing above their head, let the chips fall where they may.
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wtf is happening...The Raps are playing some good bball...enjoy it.
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DWANE CASEY IS AN ASSISTANT COACH
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Old 04-16-2012, 10:01 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Maybe because he doesn't want to get fired like he did in Minnesota. He's on a short leash here, next season is his last garanteed year of his contract. This team is showing improvement as it had to under Casey. And i doubt he expected Alan Anderson to hit threes while falling back and getting fouled. He's sat JJ, and is giving D-Leaguers minutes who are now playing above their head, let the chips fall where they may.
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wtf is happening...The Raps are playing some good bball...enjoy it.
Both of these are correct Just like last year, the Raptors ended off the season really well and showed signs of something. And once again its prevailing again. But Ill say that Raptors overceeded with where many predicted them to finish
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