Internet and paper News abounds that the C's got what they got because of their bad karma. Because of tanking. Because they tried to cheat and justice was handed out by some act of divine intervention (Some say Stern is the act).
I was also watching the sports reports as well, specifically, Mike & Mike on ESPN, and they were saying almost exactly the same thing.
There's a few problems however...how in the hell could anyone have predicted who was going to declare early enough to begin tanking? Yeah, you may have had guys giving their intent, but nothing was official until April 29th. In fact, I seem to recall talk of Oden, Conley, and Durant staying put.
Another thing is when exactly did the C's start tanking? They make it seem and would have you believe it was all season. Must've started during the summer league, I guess? Maybe it goes all the way back to last year? Or how about even further, like when Ainge took over 4 years ago?
All this tank talk only started towards the end of the season. By that point, the C's roster was desimated by injury after injury. Must've all been faked huh? All in order to tank for the #1 pick that hadn't even declared yet?? Al's ankle. Perk's shoulder. Allen's knee. PP's elbow. Wally's knee. Scal's hamstring. Yeah that's it, we tanked without 75% of our best players. There's no way we just didn't have enough starting players and the worst coach in L was there?
So, Red is dead. DJ, dead. Bias, dead. Reggie, dead. But we got what we deserved, didn't we C's fans? They've got a case for 1997 with ML Carr and Pitino, especially since ML even admitted it directly. Oh yeah, but Gomes admitted to tanking, right? The reporter that spread the quote from Gomes immediately recanted and admitted he took the quote out of context on purpose to sell the story as soon as Stern postured like he was gonna start an investigation.
How would Gomes even be privy to such critical info in the first place? You really think Ainge and Doc would involve basketball players in front office discussions & decisions that have the potential to ruin and tarnish the organization? On top of that, risk player resentment. Come on! Honest players want to win. Are our player not honest?
Sure players are included in team decisions and discussions, but this is still a business and if you all have jobs, then I am sure you understand the dynamics of office politics. The workers are the last to know and then the public. So, you can keep your tanking conspiracy theories and hold the C's accountable for something there is no evidence of. And you would have to also discount all the curve balls and set backs that were thrown the C's way throughout the entire season as excuses to tank for a #1 pick.
As for me, I think I will understand its a little more complicated than being able to open your mouth and say something as careless as the C's deserved this for tanking. There's more important things to think about now anyway. Petty finger pointing and mis, slash, dis-information is what is the real problem. Packing in a lost cause season, that might have only meant 1 or 2 positions in the standings, is not an issue. Or grounds for malicious statements.
Perhaps, if we did win the games vs the Bucks or whoever, we may have had the #1 or 2 pick. Not to mention, historically the team with the worst record has never got the 1st or 2nd pick anyway. I suppose Ainge never considered that and just blindly went to "plan tank". After all, he's a dummy right?
So please!! No more of this tank crap unless concrete evidence, along with proof and facts are presented to support such opinions. Otherwise, it is just opinion. Very light-weight opinions at that.
Well, I saw the post about Miralles and Sanchez, and I have to say that I don't consider them NBA players. They aren't in Spanish national team, they aren't in good teams (well, miralles' team is in playoffs right now but they will be eliminated this week)and sanchez is a young PG with good skills but nothing more. Don't expect too much about them. If Danny wants to get Euros, he should look at Rudy Fernandez, Ricky Rubio, Marc Gasol, Papaloukas, Diamantidis, Belinelli (I think he will be the steal of the draft).