While most of the focus throughout the NBA on Wednesday night was on winning, Detroit Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy addressed a different topic — tanking.
Van Gundy, whose Pistons wrapped up a 39-43 season with a 119-87 win over the Chicago Bulls, criticized teams for losing on purpose, saying before tipoff that “something needs to change” throughout the league.
“Even in Philly’s years, I don’t think the players and coaches [were] out there tanking,” Van Gundy told reporters, according to the Chicago Tribune. “It’s who they decide to put on the court and build [the] roster. But when you have a third of the league trying to lose games, I don’t think that’s good for our product at all. To me, it’s a lack of integrity in your league and lack of respect for your fans. That’s just me, and I think I go against the norm.
Carmelo Anthony: ‘I was ready to walk away’ before Signing with Trail Blazers
Carmelo Anthony says he was prepared to walk away from the NBA if the Portland Trail Blazers hadn’t called and offered him a roster spot last month.
“I was ready to walk away, yeah,” Anthony said. “It was hard. But there came a point when I was, like, ‘You know what? I’ve given a lot to this game. I played 15, 16 years in this game. I’m ready to give it up, because I just knew that at that point in time from a basketball standpoint, that narrative that it — it was already out there. So I’d been fightin’ an uphill battle anyway if I didn’t go to the right situation.”
Source: Nick Friedell of ESPN
Report: Thomas Bryant Out Three Weeks with Stress Reaction in Right Foot
Wizards center Thomas Bryant has been diagnosed with a stress reaction in his right foot.
Bryant was evaluated today after experiencing pain in his foot following the team’s game at the Los Angeles Clippers on Dec. 1. He will be re-evaluated in three weeks.
Source: Washington Wizards
Report: Brandon Clarke Week-to-Week with Left Oblique Injury
The Memphis Grizzlies today provided a medical update on forward Brandon Clarke:
In the first half of Sunday’s game against the Minnesota Timberwolves, Clarke aggravated a sore left oblique muscle and did not return for the second half. Clarke did not dress for Monday’s game against the Indiana Pacers and is considered week-to-week. Further updates will be provided as appropriate.
Source: Memphis Grizzlies