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NBA Franchise Note: Leonsis Quiet About Grunfeld's Future Despite Improved Play
Published March 7, 2014
THINK TANK: CBS Sports Network's Tony Luftman said the idea that some NBA teams are tanking this season for a better draft pick is "terrible" for the NBA. He said, "The saddest part of this is that it's the moral failure of the NBA to allow this system to continue. The essence of competition is seeking victory, and yet you're rewarding teams for losing." But CBSSports.com's Gregg Doyel said, "The 76ers aren't trying to lose, they can't win. They're not any good" ("Rome," CBS Sports Network, 3/6).
IGNORANCE IS BLISS? Knicks fans planning are planning a rally on March 19 to protest Owner James Dolan's handling of the team, but ESPN's Max Kellerman said the team's supporters are "missing it again." Kellerman: "We have to ignore (the team), boycott them until Dolan sells the team. Do not protest because it shows you're still interested" ("SportsNation," ESPN2, 3/6).
DINO DIGS: The Raptors on Thursday formally announced the return of their original purple jersey for select home games next season when they celebrate their 20th anniversary in the NBA. The uniform top features the Raptors font in silver with the team's dinosaur motif in action with basketball in hand (Raptors).