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SBD/Issue 121/Leagues & Governing Bodies
Stern Unhappy With Way NBA Teams, Players Misuse Buyout
Published March 13, 2008
|Stern Not Happy With
Misuse Of Buyout In NBA
TANKING SEASON: SI.com's Steve Aschburner wrote by the final five or six weeks of the NBA season, there are "as many teams with good reasons to lose as there are teams with good reasons to win." Aschburner cited a potential solution, recommended by a group including Boston educator Peter Harris. The system "measures a team's performance from the time it is eliminated from a potential postseason berth until the end of the season; teams that win more, late in the schedule with few tangible rewards otherwise, benefit by moving up in draft order. Those who lose, particularly at a sorrier rate late in the year than they did early, get penalized" (SI.com, 3/11).