Re: Tommy is tired of hearing these
posted at 12/10/2013 10:36 PM EST
In response to Fierce34's comment:
Here's more proof, vtfan.
For some teams, the last month of the season disintegrated into a comical attempt to cover up a desire to lose -- and hopefully win the right to a higher draft pick.
"That's something the NBA has to address," MGM Mirage sports book director Robert Walker said. "This happens every year, but maybe not as rampant as it happened this year. It's a sad system when you are getting rewarded by losing."
If Stern truly is concerned about the integrity of games involving a potential Las Vegas team, and the influence of legal sports wagering on those games, he might want to stare into a mirror.
The funny business recently on display in the NBA was noticed in Las Vegas, but it was an inside job executed by teams such as the Boston Celtics, Memphis Grizzlies, Milwaukee Bucks and Minnesota Timberwolves.
Star players sat out with minor injuries while their teams were blown out. Sports book directors lowered betting limits. Gamblers sniffed out the winners as point spreads moved.
One example was Boston's 92-84 loss to Charlotte on March 21. The Celtics, 8 1/2-point home favorites, led by 15 points at halftime. But coach Doc Rivers left all five of his starters on the bench as his team blew the lead.
Boston was headed for the draft lottery, and it stood to benefit more by losing. Questioned about his strategy, Rivers said, "I was not throwing the game, or anything like that."
On April 11, the Timberwolves announced 7-foot All-Star Kevin Garnett would be out indefinitely with a quadriceps injury. The timing of the injury fueled speculation the team was trying to secure its draft pick. Minnesota needed to finish with one of the league's 10-worst records to keep the pick; otherwise it would have gone to the Los Angeles Clippers.
The Timberwolves, playing without Garnett, were routed 110-91 by San Antonio on April 13. The Spurs opened as 10 1/2-point road favorites and the line moved to 12 1/2. In the April 18 season finale, Memphis blew out Minnesota, 116-94. The Grizzlies, with the league's worst record secured, moved from 3 1/2-point road underdogs to 2 1/2-point favorites.
"I definitely was playing against Minnesota, Memphis and Boston. It was very apparent to the betting public that those teams were tanking games," said handicapper Jim Kruger of vegassportsauthority.com.
Spam all the garbage that you want. You lost. It's over. Too bad for you, troll.