Antonio Harvey: Not a coach or player in the entire NBA who believes in tanking
Nine year NBA veteran and current Portland Trail Blazers broadcaster Antonio Harvey is no fan of NBA teams deliberately trying to lose in efforts to position themselves in an upcoming NBA draft.
Appearing on CLNS Radio's Celtics Beat podcast, the former NBA player was asked by the hosts Ty Ray and Rich Conte on where he came down on the concept of tanking.
"I think it’s the worst thing you could ever do to an NBA team because you develop a losing culture," Harvey said.
Many fans and media members in markets of current downtrodden NBA teams such as Boston and Philadelphia have felt uneasy after every occassional win. Some feel that the only way to build a team in the NBA is to be bad enough to garner a top selection, even if the process is comprimised and deliberate. However, Harvey believes that engaging in such a process can be far more detrimental than people realize
"If you’re going to tank, you have to have nine maybe ten guys on one year contracts. Because you literally have to clean house after you do it. Because you basically have tainted your entire roster.
"And now you want those same guys to come back a year or two later and now be winners. It doesn’t make sense."
However, the current Blazer commentator doesn't feel that tanking is a process that is going on in today's NBA.
"Personally, I don’t believe there’s a coach or a player in the entire NBA who believes in tanking. Maybe some GMs. But I don’t even believe that’s true. I think it’s over-talked about. It’s one of those things that fans talk about. But the ultimate reality is I have never heard a coach or seen a coach say anything about tanking."
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Larry H. Russell contributed to this report