David Stern was on Sports Center and addressed the topic of teams tanking to get a better draft choice. The comments that Gomes made were central to the discussion and actually were the lead in to the story. Stern plans to meet with Gomes to discuss his comments.
Hopefully when he meets with Gomes, he will decide that the comments were just the result of a young player who was frustrated with not playing at the end of a game. Let's hope that Gomes doesn't throw his team and coach under the bus. If Stern decides to somehow punish the Celtics, then he will have to also deal with Milwaukee, the Timberwolves, the Grizzlies, and others, although they didn't have players and coaches shooting their mouths off about tanking. It is a real shame that the once proud Celtics have come to this.
In his chat on ESPN, Stern addressed the lottery in a couple of questions and mentioned that they would be looking at the system after this season to see if it should be changed in some way. When asked outright about teams tanking, he had this to say:
I like a system that gives the teams that don't make the playoffs the best chance to improve. What we deal with in all sports is trying to foster competitveness, particulary for those teams that have done very poorly. But there has been a lot of comment about this year and I think it merits our going back and seeing whether the system needs some adjusting.