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NBA Considers Eliminating Draft Lottery In Favor Of Tanking-Proof System
Published December 26, 2013
SHOULD SPARK CONVERSATION: In Akron, Jason Lloyd wrote there is "plenty left to consider and resolve before this ever becomes a reality, but it will certainly spark conversations in front offices around the league if the idea begins to gain traction." The proposal right now is "nothing more than a conversation starter," but there "have always been factions around the league trying to eliminate the lottery since it was first created." The system is "still years from becoming a reality, but it’s at least a step in that direction" (AKRON BEACON JOURNAL, 12/25). In DC, Cindy Boren noted the system "isn’t foolproof," as nothing would keep a "great player from staying in school until a team he wanted to play for came up on the wheel." Boren: "But it would be a big step toward eliminating the awful practice of losing deliberately" (WASHINGTONPOST.com, 12/23).