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Monday, 10 March 2014 19:50

Adam Silver: We Are Taking a Look at the Lottery

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New NBA Commissioner Adam Silver says the NBA and the Competition Committee will take a look at the lottery after the season


BOSTON -- Comcast Sports Net England's Bob Neumeier had an exclusive interview as the Sloan Sports Conference in Boston was wrapping up with new NBA commissioner Adam Silver.

The conversation turned to 'tanking' in the NBA.

While Silver believed that the term was being thrown around "too loosely" and that he doesn't feel that there no one in the NBA is losing on purpose, he certainly acknowledged it.

"I don't want to pretend the issue doesn't exist" Silver told CSNNE.

Many have asked for the NBA to restructure the NBA Draft Lottery completely.  Some such as NBA TV's Brent Barry, who endosed Boston Celtics Assistant GM Mike Zarren's plan of a "Draft Wheel" this past Saturday on Celtics Beat, want the whole premise of "Losers get best chance" scrapped all together.

And while Silver thinks the issue is tanking is overblown, it is starting to look inevitable that the new administration will make some changes.

"There may be an issue with the way the lottery is structured.  I mean, by definition, the fact that we have the lottery means that we were concerned about [tanking.]  You do not want to have an improper incentive to lose games.

"The lottery was designed so that teams would not see any advantage to having a bad record because they wouldn't be assured a certain pick.

"So maybe we need to take a fresh look at the lottery.  And we are....Once the season's over, we have a competition committee, and we'll take a look at it."

After the season?

The Philadelphia 76ers just took a huge sigh of relief.


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Larry H. Russell contributed to this report



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