The issue of tanking has been a hot topic in the National Basketball Association (NBA) over the past several years, and the league's commissioner made it clear that he is having none of it.
Days after fining Dallas Mavericks owner Marc Cuban $600,000 for his remarks on tanking, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver released a memo addressed to all of the league's 30 teams, explaining the fine he imposed on Cuban, ABC Sports reported.
"We have been careful to distinguish between efforts teams may make to rebuild their rosters, including through personnel changes over the course of several seasons, and circumstances in which players or coaches on the floor take steps to lose games," read Silver's memo, obtained by USA Today Sports.
Silver explained that moves to trade and replace players to rebuild a team is a legitimate move and adheres to the league's rules. Tanking, on the other hand, "has no place in our game," stressed Silver.
"If we ever received evidence that players or coaches were attempting to lose or otherwise taking steps to cause any game to result otherwise than on its competitive merits, that conduct would be met with the swiftest and harshest response possible from the league office," warned Silver.
Back in February, Cuban appeared on the "House Call with Dr. J" podcast where he told NBA legend Julius Irving that he suggested to his team that they should just lose the remainder of their games this season. He shared that he had dinner with some of the team's players and told them that since they are no longer competing for a playoff spot, he said that losing may be their "best option," ESPN reported.
In addition, Cuban also said back in May of last year that his team looked to lose as many games as the could the moment they were no longer in playoff contention. Though the Mavs finished with the ninth worst record last season, they failed to improve on their NBA draft lottery position, the ESPN report added.