Nobody likes to lose. At least, nobody likes to lose on an individual level. In the NBA, some teams want to lose.
Of course, they all want to win eventually. The league’s lottery system ensures that for some teams, the best way to win later is to lose now.
Yes, we’re talking about tanking. We’re sure you have an opinion on it. Suffice it to say, it’s a viable means of acquiring talent – but it can come at a cost.
Losing teams can build losing habits. Moreover, losing puts a strain on team morale. For example, it’s rumored that Shai Gilgeous-Alexander of the Oklahoma City Thunder is tired of losing NBA games.
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Of course, it’s also been suggested that he trusts General Manager Sam Presti’s vision. All told, it’s a difficult situation to read.
In the event that Gilgeous-Alexander is unhappy in Oklahoma City, here’s a deal that sends him to the New York Knicks.