Ex-Raptors GM: Tanking in NBA is real; I know, I tried it


We now have proof that NBA teams tank for better draft position: the direct testimony of former Raptors general manager Bryan Colangelo.

Colangelo made the admission Friday during a conference at MIT.

"I tried to tank a couple years ago (the lockout-shortened 2011-12 season)," Colangelo said, according to ESPN.com. "And I didn't come out and say, 'Coach, you've got to lose games.' I never said that. I wanted to establish a winning tradition and a culture and all of that. But I wanted to do it in the framework of playing the young players, and with that, comes losing. There's just no way to avoid that."

His plan would have worked, he said, had it not been for his meddling coach, Dwane Casey.

"He did too good of a job in motivating his players," Colangelo was quoted as saying.

Toronto finished 23-43 and wound up picking eighth in the first round (Terrence Ross). Colangelo wanted the first pick (Anthony Davis). Casey is now coaching a division leader, while Colangelo has ... moved on.

Former Magic coach Stan Van Gundy, meanwhile, has no time for manipulation of the standings. He also doesn't care who knows that.

"Not what Philadelphia is doing right now, which is embarrassing," Van Gundy said during a panel discussion that ESPN.com reported was attended by Sixers GM Sam Hinkie. "I don't care, (NBA commissioner) Adam Silver can say there's no tanking or what's going on — if you're putting that roster on the floor, you're doing everything you can possibly do to try to lose."

Philly is 15-43 and 3 1

/2 games "behind" the Bucks for the league's worst record.

Rockets GM Daryl Morey, another panelist, said that a revised draft system could remove some of the incentive to tank.

"It's bad right now," Morey was quoted as saying. "I think last year, at the end of the season, I counted like two-thirds of the teams weren't trying to win."